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 second time they went out, he put his arm around Rita and pulled her to him
there in the Booker-T Theater. She smacked his hand and that made his johnson
hard. "I ain't like that, Mr. Cunningham." He had heard those words before.
I asked him one night, what does this word mean, and he told me. I thanked him
and went back to my paper. He went on watching me for a few seconds and then
said, "Do you run across a lot of words that you don't understand?" I said, "A lot ...
After my relationship with my teacher, the waiter, I always looked for the meaning
of words, and when I ran into words I couldn't pronounce and didn't understand, I
would work on them until some sense began to come. I would keep going over ...
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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