||The Buffalo Soldiers
|Set against the backdrop of Jim Crow Texas in the
early twentieth century, Two Texas Race Riots brings to life
the hardships African American infantry soldiers,
members of the iconic Buffalo Soldiers, faced while
stationed at Fort Brown in Brownsville in 1906 and
Houston’s Camp Logan in 1917. The 1906 incident in
Brownsville resulted in the largest mass discharge in
U.S. Military History, and the 1917 Houston incident
resulted in a series of military murder trials, the
largest in United Sates history.
The 1906 incident took place during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, whose role in the aftermath of the Brownsville affair is perhaps the biggest stain on the former president's reputation. The 1917 Houston Riot took place during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson and occured shortly after the United States entered World War One. President Wilson's well-known racial bigotry and segregationist policies were contributing factors that led to the riot.