Brotherman: the odyssey of black men in America
"[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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Whether in a town like William Dem- by's "Beetlecreek," or in one of those
nameless neighborhoods depicted by William Melvin Kelley in "Enemy Territory"
or by Henry Dumas in "Strike and Fade," the gang becomes a predator or a band
BOYZ N THE HOOD i >>><<< WILLIAM DEMBY Beetlecreek For many days now
Johnny had avoided the boys in the gang. The day of the funeral, Baby Boy came
up to him and asked him where he'd been hiding. Johnny told him he'd been ...
What if Beetlecreek were a ghost town and he were the only inhabitant. What if,
when he went back down to the street, he were to find everybody dead? He
wondered what the gang of boys sure enough thought about him. He didn't care if
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Brotherman: the odyssey of black men in AmericaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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