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By Henry O. Flipper, Theodore D. Harris

Black Frontiersman is Flipper's autobiographical account of his provider with the 10th U.S. Cavalry in Texas and Oklahoma and his years as a civilian that - one in every of just a handful of such bills by way of a black American. even though Flipper's years at the western frontier were good documented by means of historians, this revised and up to date quantity of Theodore D. Harris' Negro Frontiersman encompasses a new creation, elevated endnotes and little recognized and formerly unpublished fabrics. Flipper's memoirs element his time spent at the U.S.-Mexican border, his adventures in Sonora and Chihuahua sooner than the Mexican Revolution, his time as an aide to U.S. Senator Albert Bacon Fall, and his later reminiscences on race and politics within the Thirties.

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From beginning to end, he waged his struggles alone with loneliness a constant adversary. Henry Ossian Flipper was born of slave parents on March 21, 1856, in Thomasville, Georgia, and grew to young manhood in Atlanta. Henry and his younger brother, Joseph Simeon Flipper, developed their ambitious individualism and intellectual enthusiasm under the influence of their parents. Flipper's father rose to become a successful craftsman and small business owner in Atlanta after the Civil War, and his mother possessed a strong determination that her sons pursue formal education.

The doctor soon cured that but before getting over it I caught a very bad cold, which affected my heart. I feel well but am very weak, gaining strength very slowly. My weakness seems due to loss of weight. 17 On the morning of May 3, 1940, Henry Flipper failed to appear at the family breakfast table in contrast to the clock-like military precision of his daily routine. The old solider and frontiersman was found in his bedroom, dead of heart failure at the age of eighty-four. The story of his pioneering contributions passed with him until told by historians of a later generation.

S. Senate Military Affairs Committee: His life is a most pathetic one. By education, by experience and because of his natural high intellectual characteristics, he can find no pleasure in association with many of his own race, and because of his color he was and is precluded in this country from enjoying the society of those whom he would be mentally and otherwise best fitted to associate with. 20 Despite the near heart-breaking outcome of his military career, Flipper found at least a partial refuge from discrimination by remaining on the border frontier, with its multi-ethnic culture, where a man's practical contributions to the developing society could overcome sometimes the barriers of racial, ethnic, or national origin.

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