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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No white person knows, really knows, how it is to grow up as a Negro boy in the
South. The taboo of the white woman eats into the psyche, erodes away
significant portions of boyhood sexual development, alters the total concept of
think of me? Advocates of non-education for Negroes have shown so little regard
for us in other vital matters and so much genuine solicitude in this that I have
begun to suspect that what they really mean is: Do not educate the Negro and
Ossie Davis has suggested that maybe the English language should be
reconstructed so that teachers will not be forced to teach the Negro child sixty
ways to despise himself, and thereby perpetuate his false sense of inferiority, and
the white ...
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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