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 remember one daytime meeting (most were at night) in the town of Owosso, forty
miles from Lansing, which the Negroes called "White City." (Owosso's greatest
claim to fame is that it is the home town of Thomas E. Dewey.) As in East Lansing,
Louisa came down into factory town and sank wearily upon the step before her
home. The moon was rising towards a thick cloud-bank which soon would hide it.
Red nigger moon. Sinner! Blood-burning moon. Sinner! Come out that fact'ry ...
When'd you fall in town?' He was talking real fast and looking all around, like I
said, and I didn't hardly understand what he was talking about. I asked him what
The Track' was and he told me it was the nickname for the Savoy Ballroom; only ...
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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