Henry Ossian Flipper
West Point's First Black Graduate
Wild Horse Press 2015
New Books in African American StudiesNew Books in American StudiesNew Books in BiographyNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Military HistoryNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network December 9, 2016 James P. Stancil II
The remarkable story of Henry Ossian Flipper, a young man born into slavery on the eve of the Civil War, and his struggle for recognition left its mark on our nations history. Through extensive research of military documents, court records, appeals, and from Flippers personal journals and published papers, Henry Ossian Flipper: West Point’s First Black Graduate (Wild Horse Press, 2015) captures the sum and substance of a nation torn apart by political ambitions and extreme prejudices and reveals the uncertainty of acceptance and intolerance of blacks in America following Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. In 1878, Flipper seemed destined for a long military career. Four years later, he was on trial at Fort Davis, Texas, for embezzlement of government funds and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. But his journey through the West did not end in West Texas, it was only the beginning. Before Flipper’s life was over his adventures would take him through Mexico, South America, and Arizona. It was on that journey that he found fame and redemption.
Historian and author Jane Eppinga is a legendary Arizona writer. Her writing credentials include more than 300 articles for both popular and professional publications covering a broad spectrum of subjects including children’s fiction, travel, personal profiles, biology, construction, food, and public relation pieces. A long-time resident of Arizona and a graduate of the University of Arizona, Eppinga is a member of Western Writers of America, Southern Arizona Authors, the National Federation of Press Women, and serves on the board of directors of Arizona Press Women. In addition to Henry Ossian Flipper: West Points’ First Black Graduate, Jane Eppinga has written on many diverse topics concerning the American West. Unsolved Arizona, La Malinche, Black Heroes: America’s Buffalo Soldiers, and They Made Their Mark: an Illustrated History of the Society of Woman Geographers are some of her more recent works. Her articles have also often appeared in Wild West Magazine and Persimmon Hill, the official publication of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
James Stancil is an independent scholar, freelance journalist, and the President and CEO of Intellect U Well, Inc. a Houston-area non-profit dedicated to increasing the joy of reading and media literacy in young people.