Frederick Douglass.I think there should be a Mulatto History Month.
Here's an interesting fact of history:
THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS
The Yellow Rose of Texas is fancifully famous for bedazzling Santa Anna out of his fancy pants at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
Increasing evidence suggests the story may be true.
On San Jacinto Day, her believers in Texas saloons will lift their glasses to the star of the battle’s sideshow – a mixed-race woman named “Emily” who distracted the tyrant in his tent while Gen. Sam Houston’s grim-eyed skirmishers advanced on the Mexican camp.
Hollering “Remember the Alamo,” the avengers charged across the breastworks, stampeding the nodding Mexicans. The outnumbered Texans, at the cost of nine lives, killed more than 600 soldados and overran the rest.
More than a century after the battle that won Texas independence, pop historians learned about Emily from a long buried footnote and divined that she was a gorgeous seductress.
The story escaped historians for more than a century. In 1956 the University of Oklahoma Press published an account of Texas and its independence written by an English scientist named William Bollaert, sort of a precursor to Michael Palin and Rick Steeves. In his 1842 essay, Bollaert had a footnote on how Houston’s group emerged victorious at San Jacinto, over a much more powerful army:
“The battle of San Jacinto was probably lost to the Mexicans, owing to the influence of a Mulatta Girl (Emily) belonging to Col. Morgan who was closeted in the Tent with G’l Santana, at the time the cry was made ‘the Enemy! They come! They come!’ & detained Santana so long, that order could not be restored readily again.”
Adding to the titillating properties of the story, the song,“The Yellow Rose of Texas” had been rescued from archives about a decade before, and rose to great popularity in the 1950s. Emily, the woman who detained Santa Anna and handed Houston’s forces a battlefield victory, was said to be that “yellow rose.”
Biffle’s column offers details of the work to confirm or refute the story. As it stands, most evidence lends great credence to the story. Today the story is generally accepted by historians, details continue to surface corroborating the key points, and Emily West is celebrated on San Jacinto Day and in museums across Texas.
Does anyone know of another mulatto who achieved prominence in the United States?
Now answer my questions:
Do you believe that man has landed on the moon?
Are you also a member of the Flat Earth Society?