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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When his life had ended I began to wonder about that life and also, in a new way,
to be apprehensive about my own. I had not known my father very well. We had
got on badly, partly because we shared, in our different fashions, the vice of ...
(I didn't fail to wonder, and it made me hate him, what on earth we owned that
anybody else would want.) His illness was beyond all hope of healing before
anyone realized that he was ill. He had always been so strange and had lived,
like a ...
... that I liked the boy, and you need not wonder any more that, as both wooing
and my practice waxed apace, I was content to give up my great ambitions and
stay just where I was. "It wasn't a very pleasant thing, then, to have an epidemic of
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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