Come and Take It is a talk show about Texas, by Texans. Three friends born and raised in Texas share their views on the state’s history, culture, and just what it means to be Texan.
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A freed slave who became the first black American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Henry Flipper fought Apaches in West Texas and later settled in El Paso. He was an engineer, interpreter, translator, historian, inventor, newspaper editor, and high ranking government official at a time when African-Americans still faced extreme discrimination.
Before we begin… What’s your favorite Texas summertime frozen treat?
As always, the Official Handbook of Texas Online has a wonderful article that summarizes Henry Flipper’s life.
Flipper’s story featured on a site about the Buffalo Soldiers
A column at Texas Escapes which has quite a bit of information about Flipper’s time with the native tribes, including his attendence and survival of a secret Easter ritual.
A scan of Henry Flipper’s petition to Congress from October of 1898, seeking reinstatement into the Army.
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