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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The fat kid might lead, but the slender boy hovered ever at his elbow, and Ty
suspected he was the one really in control. Ty smiled a little, recalling how blown-
away those two big boys had been that these kids had shot back. He could guess
Below them were the kids who dealt only to use. Math had never been easy for
Ty, but he figured a conservative estimate of 30 x 5 for them. They just stopped a
lot, more often at the hands of their own burned customers than what they put into
I would run to school alongside it, and all the kids would be waving and hollering
at me and calling me nuts. It made me somebody special. Or at recess time, I'd
start a fight with somebody to draw a crowd. I always liked drawing crowds.
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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