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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He thought of girls. He thought of Little Orphan Annie. He thought of a picture in a
magazine he had hidden among his things at home — an art photograph of an
artist's model in the nude. The wind blew harder and harder and tried to enter his
I looked at Debbie and thought about all the anxiety she'd put me through. I
thought about the incompetent court system and how it seemed that nobody
cared what was happening to me. I thought about taking the high road, then
about the cat ...
thought save for Annie, the girl who had been so surely growing into my heart, I
leaped from the saddle and tore my way through the people to the house. "It was
Annie, poor girl, bruised and bleeding, her face and dress torn from struggling.
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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