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Eugene Bullard: Black Expatriate in Jazz-Age Paris
Eugene Bullard Black Expatriate in Jazz-Age Paris Author:Craig Lloyd This is the complete biography of the first African American fighter pilot, Georgia native Eugene J. Bullard (1895-1961). An accomplished professional boxer, musician, club manager, and impresario of Parisian nightlife between the world wars, Bullard found in Europe a degree of respect and freedom unknown to blacks in America. There, for twenty-... more »five years, he helped define the expatriate experience for countless other African American artists, writers, performers, and athletes. Craig Lloyd recounts Bullard's life from his boyhood in Jim Crow-era Georgia and his vagabond journey to Europe through his varied careers in France and his final years in New York. Eugene Bullard, Black Expatriate in Jazz-Age Paris offers a fascinating look at an extraordinary man who lived on his own terms.
The new preface for this paperback edition draws on documents discovered in a French archive since the book was first published. Author Craig Lloyd notes that the new archival material confirms Bullard's suspicions that it was an American military officer, Edmund Gros, who ended Bullard's career as a combat pilot flying for France in World War I. Letters among the archival materials also affirm Bullard's contention in All Blood Runs Red, his memoir, that he was a close friend of Edmund Genet, a then-famous white American pilot flying for France.« less