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The fall of a black army officer : racism and the myth of Henry O. Flipper

Author: Charles M Robinson
Publisher: Norman, Ok : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper was a former slave who rose to become the first African American graduate of West Point. While serving as commissary officer at Fort Davis, Texas, in 1881, he was charged with embezzlement and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. A court-martial board acquitted Flipper of the embezzlement charge but convicted him of conduct unbecoming. He was then dismissed from the service of  Read more...
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Named Person: Henry Ossian Flipper; Henry Ossian Flipper
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles M Robinson
ISBN: 9780806135212 0806135212
OCLC Number: 183179535
Description: xviii, 197 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Race and the army --
The black cadet --
Links in a chain --
The court-martial begins --
Shafter on the defensive --
A question of persecution and a "Mexican theory" --
The government rests --
Lucy Smith testifies --
Testimonials to a good name --
The question : can an officer be black? --
The end of a career --
After the army.
Responsibility: Charles M. Robinson, III.
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Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper was a former slave who rose to become the first African American graduate of West Point. While serving as commissary officer at Fort Davis, Texas, in 1881, he was charged with embezzlement and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. A court-martial board acquitted Flipper of the embezzlement charge but convicted him of conduct unbecoming. He was then dismissed from the service of the United States. The Flipper case became known as something of an American Dreyfus Affiar, emblematic of racism in the frontier army. Flipper struggled to clear his name, and many assumed that he had been railroaded because he was black.

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