Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America
Herb Boyd, Robert L. Allen
One World, 1996 - Literary Collections - 922 pages
"[AN] OUTSTANDING COLLECTION...
The powerful opening excerpt by Frederick Douglass evokes his boyhood as a slave, and the collection closes with an eloquent discussion of the race problem today by Cornel West. A distinguished addition to black studies".
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The purpose of this extraordinary anthology is made abundantly clear by the editors' stated intention: "to create a living mosaic of essays and stories in which Black men can view themselves, and be viewed without distortion". In this, they have succeeded brilliantly. Brotherman contains more than one hundred and fifty selections, some never before published--from slave narratives, memoirs, social histories, novels, poems, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, position papers, and essays.
Brotherman books us passage to the world that Black men experience as adolescents, lovers, husbands, fathers, workers, warriors, and elders. On this journey they encounter pain, confusion, anger, and love while confronting the life-threatening issues of race, sex, and politics--often as strangers in a strange land. The first collection of its kind, Brotherman gathers together a multitude of voices that add a new, unforgettable chapter to American cultural identity.
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Immediately we talked and talked and talked. I even turned off the TV. Mom came
back and let us use the car. I drove Jenny to the New Haven green, and we
walked around the college bars in the cold. Now that I am in college myself, this
"She's away." He turned and looked at her ethereal face with open-mouthed
wonder and could not breathe at all. Emotions burned through him like flame,
and all the things he had always wanted to say to her came clearly worded to his
Celia went back into her house and turned on the wireless and turned from
station to station, and it was all about the Battle of Bainbridge,' they had already
given it a 'title for posterity' the Battle of Bainbridge, which was still raging with a
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The editors' attempt to gather essays, poems, and segments of larger works as well as short stories covering every aspect of the black man in America--past, present, and future--explains this book's ... Read full review