The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 102, July 1998 - April, 1999

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slavery, African American Seminoles, and the Civil Rights movement. Next are
ten regional chapters including separate ones on Texas and Oklahoma. Finally,
there are four topical chapters on towns, women, fictional writings, and films.
The chapters list unpublished theses and dissertations as well as published
books and articles. William H. Leckie joined in compiling the chapter on buffa-
lo soldiers. Laurie Champion contributed to the chapter on fiction, while Tasha
B. Stewart shared responsibility for the one on films.
Since the index lists only the authors of studies included in the bibliography,
locating some topics requires searching in more than one chapter. For example,
an interest in black miners or African American towns calls for some knowledge
of what regions might be the location for such activities. An interest in Texas
topics leads one to all of the chronological and topical chapters in addition to
the one on the state, which is the longest chapter. Even historians well versed in
this field of study will find something new to stimulate their curiosity. In the
preface, Glasrud also notes historiographical or bibliographical essays, including
three on Texas, that contain some entries not listed in this volume. Even then, as
Glasrud surmises in the preface, a few items have eluded his extensive research.
Despite these minor limitations, African Americans in the West is the most com-
plete bibliography now available on the subject. It will be a necessity for most
libraries and for everyone with more than a passing interest in black westerners.
Texas Tech University ALWYN BARR
Black Frontiersman: The Memoirs of Henry O. Flipper, First Black Graduate of West
Point. Edited by Theodore D. Harris. (Fort Worth: Texas Christian
University Press, 1997. Pp. [10o]+190. Acknowledgments, introduction, illus-
trations, notes, suggested readings, index. ISBN 0-87565-171-2. $22.95,
cloth).
During the heyday of the Civil Rights Movement, historians finally began to
take a closer look at the contributions of African Americans to the history of the
West. In 1963 one such historian, Theodore Harris, turned his attention to the
exploits of Henry O. Flipper, who served with the famed Tenth Cavalry in the
Southwest. Harris diligently collected and edited all of Flipper's reminiscences
of his life and experiences on the frontier and published them under the title
Negro Frontiersman. Now, a quarter century later, with renewed interest surfacing
in the history of the buffalo soldiers, Texas Christian University Press has seen fit
to issue a revised edition of this classic study.
As Harris points out in his introduction, Flipper's memoirs are truly unique in
that they represent the, "only authenticated personal narrative of military and
civilian life on the frontier written by a black American to be discovered thus
far." As such, students of the frontier military and those interested in the African
American experience in the West are indeed fortunate to have this revealing
and intimate portrait.
Following his graduation from West Point in 1877, Lieutenant Flipper
joined his regiment at Fort Sill in Indian Territory. For the next five years he

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