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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"Now, don't you-all fight," my father said, laughing. "I'll take that poker and hit you!
" I blurted at my father. He looked at my mother and laughed louder. "You told him
to say that," he said. "Don't say such things, Richard," my mother said.
He stared at Samuels through the night, and he tried his best to laugh at Samuels
. 'Anything you say, old buddy boy.' The driver turned toward them and laughed
again a kind of harsh and bitter laughter. Their little tete-a-tete was rudely ...
Then everybody laughed. And laughed! We almost had hysterics. All at once we
dropped our professionally self-conscious "Negro" manners, became natural, ate
fish, and talked and kidded freely like colored folks do when there are no 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