Brownsville Texas Incident of 1906: The True and Tragic Story of a Black Battalion's Wrongful Disgrace and Ultimate Redemption

William Baker

Book Cover

GENRE

CRIME DRAMA MYSTERY POLITICAL ACTION BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORICAL FICTION WAR

    Core Theme

    JUSTICE AND HONOR

    TIME PERIOD

    1960s & '70s,Earlier 20th Century

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    12 YEARS A SLAVE

    CHARACTER LIST

    MAJOR WILLIAM “BILL” BAKER. BRAVE, HONORABLE, COMPETENT.

    DORSIE WILLIS. 80'S. EXPERIENCED, WITTY, FUN, COMPETENT. SURVIVOR.

    THEODORE ROOSEVELT. PRESIDENT OF THE USA. PATRIOTIC, TOUGH, INTOLERANT.

    MINGO SANDERS. 40'S. COMPETENT, HONORABLE, HEROIC.

    Logline

    1972- Lt. Colonel William Baker sets out on a dangerous mission to correct a 1906 injustice perpetrated by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt who drummed out 167 Black US Army soldiers who were falsely accused of shooting up the town of Brownsville, Texas, and battles top Pentagon brass to prove their innocence.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Brownsville, Texas

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Red Engine Press

    Year Published: 2020

    Starting Description

    The story begins in the late 1930s in rural Southwest Georgia when a former slave tells his grandson, William Baker, a story about a case of racial injustice that had occurred three decades earlier when President Theodore Roosevelt discharged without honor, 167 Black soldiers falsely accused of shooting up the town of Brownsville Texas in 1906.

    Ending Description

    The story ends in the Nixon White House, when that boy, now a Lieutenant Colonel in the Pentagon, reinvestigates the case and proves the innocence of the black soldiers who are exonerated some 66 years later and identifies a lone survivor, Dorsie W. Willis.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    2019953114

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Other

    Main Character Details

    Name: Major William “Bill” Baker

    Age: early 40's

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Skillful,Decisive,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Dorsie W. Willis

    Age: late 80's

    Gender: Male

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Sophisticated,Confident,Funny,Outspoken,Sarcastic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: President Theodore Roosevelt

    Age: Late 40's

    Gender: Male

    Role: protagonist

    Key Traits: Criminal,Confident,Decisive,Leader,Patriotic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: First Sergeant Mingo Sanders

    Age: 49

    Gender: Male

    Role: protagonist

    Key Traits: Decisive,Faithful,Skillful,Adventurous,Patriotic,Strong Moral Code,Leader,Heroic,Visionary,Gracious,Aspiring

    Development Pitch

    MIDNIGHT, AUGUST 1906 BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS 100‘S OF SHOTS FIRED INTO PRIVATE HOMES AND BUSINESSES 1 WHITE MAN KILLED 1 POLICEMAN WOUNDED 25TH INFANTRY, US ARMY 167 BLACK SOLDIERS ACCUSED AND ARRESTED DISCHARGED WITHOUT HONOR NO TRIAL, FALSIFIED EVIDENCE ONE PRESIDENT'S DECISION CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY 66 YEARS LATER THE TRUTH IS UNCOVERED ONE LIEUTENANT COLONEL DETERMINED TO FIND THE TRUTH THIS SERIES IS AMERICAN HISTORY 1972 - Lieutenant Colonel William Baker sets out on a dangerous mission to correct a 1906 injustice perpetrated by President Theodore Roosevelt who drummed out 167 Black US Army soldiers who were falsely accused of shooting up the town of Brownsville, Texas, and battles top Pentagon brass to prove their innocence. LOOK ALIKE CONTENT ● MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA ● WHEN THEY SEE US ● SELF MADE ● THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

    Genre

    ACTION, DRAMA, POLITICS, WAR

    Brief

    Lt. Colonel William Baker reconstructs his mission retrieving the honor of 167 black US Army soldiers who were dishonoured by president Roosevelt following the Brownsville affair.

    Overall Rating

    EXCELLENT

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

    Characterization: EXCELLENT

    Commerciality: EXCELLENT

    Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

    Pace: EXCELLENT

    Premise: EXCELLENT

    Structure: EXCELLENT

    Theme: EXCELLENT

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Book profile does reflect the book, however it would be impossible to describe such a magnificent work in only one page.

    Draw of Story

    The story of the Brownsville affair and Lt. Colonel William Baker quest for justice is not only a story that has to be told, but is also spectacularly written in this book.

    Possible Drawbacks

    Absolutely nothing would make anyone sane put this book down. It is well written and widely grounded in facts.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    If well adapted, I can say this movie would be a hit because the story is one of the widest injustices in American history, and the universality of this theme is unfortunately present nowadays. The tendency of adapting those stories is, fortunately, more present than ever.

    Fanbase Potential

    This adaptation could have a large fanbase because retelling Brownsville incident is mandatory, and not only that but the story is also graciously told by an exquisite storyteller, which is also the man who had the opportunity to act on the affair and somehow repair such injustice.

    Awards Potential

    This adaptation brings along high Awards potential as it makes room for good acting, directing, screenwriting as the book is amazingly written and scenes and passages are already thrilling.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    12 YEARS A SLAVE, DJANGO, HARRIET

    What’s New About the Story

    This story is highly original because it can be defined not only as a mere story but also history reparation. The men discharged by president Roosevelt were dishonoured and most of them carried this burden to their graves; even though an adaptation is not able to repair that, it can be effective on restoring dignity and pride to those memories.

    Lead Characters

    William Baker, the author and protagonist, is a competent and honorable man working in the Pentagon and as he gets involved in the case, becomes determined to retell this story and restore dignity on the lives of those man discharged.

    Uniqueness of Story

    This book is not only a rare gem, but anyone who would pass this adaptation by would certainly later regret it, as it most probably will be adapted sooner or later and become a huge success.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Unscripted, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming, TV Series - Cable

    Analyst Recommendation

    RECOMMEND

    Justification

    I highly recommend this story because recovering Brownsville affair, specially through the eyes of a black man, Colonel William "Bill" Baker, many years later involved in the case, is mandatory and also a pleasure to read as it is exquisitely written. Another thing to be noted in this story is that it recovers a situation of injustice, but there is also room for hope from the work done by our hero William.

    Brief

    True story. Colonel William Baker dives into heroic investigation seeking redemption for injustice perpetrated by President Roosevelt, who dishonored 167 Black US Army soldiers unfairly back in 1906.

    What We Liked

    This is a story that should not only be told through audiovisual productions but it also should be on every American History book. It is written by a true American hero, Bill Baker, who went through many obstacles to retrieve the honor of 167 black men who served the Army and were falsely accused of shooting up the town of Brownsville. Apart from that, it's brilliantly written, as Bill is a masterful storyteller.

    "It would be an amazing film or series not only because of the importance of the story and the timely subject, but for being a well defined story with flawless plot development and characters that are charismatic and have a clear purpose. This is a story of the most importance; and it has emotion, drama, and expectation. It is impossible not to get involved with the dedication of Major Baker to go through every obstacle that comes along.

    Key points: Timely subject, flawless storytelling, powerful scenes, amazing and fun characters, true story.

    Synopsis

    The story begins in 1906 during the Brownsville incident - which is known so far as Brownsville Texas Riot, but is rightly reworded as an incident by the author. A shooting happens and a bartender is killed, and a white police officer is wounded.

    However, members of the African-American 25th Infantry Regiment are accused and false evidences are placed against them - even though they haven't left their barracks. These 167 men are discharged without honor by President Roosevelt.

    Then, in the 30's, a young boy observes a black man living in indignity and who later dies in the street. He is told by his grandfather the man was one of those 167 soldiers from Brownsville incident.

    This young boy grows up to be William Baker, a brilliant man who becomes a Lieutenant Colonel in the Pentagon during Nixon's administration.

    In 1972, William is set up to reopen the case. Bill investigates the whole situation, tracking every detail and evidence of that night, following the trials, the conspiracy of silence around the matter, including the process of Roosevelt's decision.

    As Bill tracks the one survivor, Dorsie Willis, and succeeds in proving the innocence of those soldiers, he also retracks the destiny of men and provides an amazing reflection about compensation, reparation and leaves no doubt about the importance of his work to American history.

    About The Author

    Lieutenant Colonel (RET) William Baker was born November 26, 1931. Bill Baker’s crowning life’s achievement was the reinvestigation of the Brownsville Texas Incident of 1906. Based on Baker’s research, the Secretary of the Army made the decision to correct the injustice and change the soldiers’ discharge to ‘Honorable.’ The resolution was signed by President Richard M. Nixon, bringing national acclaim to Baker and the United States Army. Though Lieutenant Colonel Baker died on September 24, 2018 just weeks after the ink on the final page of his manuscript had dried, his wife, Dr. Bettye Foster Baker, has brought his important work to light through the publication of this book.