Deconstructing Black Masculinity through a Life Span Continuum
Edited By C. Spencer Platt, Darryl B. Holloman and Lemuel W. Watson
Chapter Two: Am I Not a Man and a Brother? I Am a Man
“Am I not a man and a brother?” and “I am a man” are slogans from different time periods in U.S. history that serve as examples of the contested terrain and questioning of Black manhood and masculinity. The first, “Am I not a man and a brother?” was the official seal of the British Society for the Abolition of Slavery in the late 1700s. This seal portrayed an enslaved African male in chains. He was kneeling in a submissive position, and it looked as if he were pleading to someone concerning his freedom. ← 21 | 22 →
“Am I Not a Man and a Brother?” Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
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