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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I had learned from somebody that the way to begin to read was to learn the
alphabet, so I tried in all the ways I could think of to learn it, — all of course
without a teacher, for I could find no one to teach me. At that time there was not a
We learned patience and to understand Job. Of all the animals, man's the only
one not born knowing almost everything he'll ever know. It takes him longer than
an elephant to grow up because God didn't mean him to leap to any conclusions,
I also learned that I can help other people change their programs. I learned that
as a people, we don't have to settle for less. It woke me from sleeping while my
foot was on fire. As a whole, black people's houses are on fire and we're asleep.
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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