Race Horse Men

Race Horse Men Race Horse Men Recaptures The Vivid Sights, Sensations, And Illusions Of Nineteenth Century Thoroughbred Racing, America S First Mass Spectator Sport Inviting Readers Into The Pageantry Of The Racetrack, Katherine C Mooney Conveys The Sport S Inherent Drama While Also Revealing The Significant Intersections Between Horse Racing And Another Quintessential Institution Of The Antebellum South Slavery.A Popular Pastime Across American Society, Horse Racing Was Most Closely Identified With An Elite Class Of Southern Owners Who Bred Horses And Bet Large Sums Of Money On These Spirited Animals The Central Characters In This Story Are Not Privileged Whites, However, But The Black Jockeys, Grooms, And Horse Trainers Who Sometimes Called Themselves Race Horse Men And Who Made The Racetrack Run Mooney Describes A World Of Patriarchal Privilege And Social Prestige Where Blacks As Well As Whites Could Achieve Status And Recognition And Where Favored Slaves Endured An Unusual Form Of Bondage For Wealthy White Men, The Racetrack Illustrated Their Cherished Visions Of A Harmonious, Modern Society Based On Human Slavery.After Emancipation, A Number Of Black Horsemen Went On To Become Sports Celebrities, Their Success A Potential Threat To White Supremacy And A Source Of Pride For African Americans The Rise Of Jim Crow In The Early Twentieth Century Drove Many Horsemen From Their Jobs, With Devastating Consequences For Them And Their Families Mooney Illuminates The Role These Too Often Forgotten Men Played In Americans Continuing Struggle To Define The Meaning Of Freedom. This book is not only thoroughly researched and documented, it is a really great read The writing is entertaining and the lives of these black horsemen make for fascinating stories The book also gives an excellent summary of the culture and politics of a large swath of U.S history. When I won it was all right, but when I lost, and when not on the best horse, they would say, there, that n is drunk again Legendary black jockey Isaac MurphyI didn t expect Katherine Mooney s Race Horse Men How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack to be so relevant But in the wake of the NFL protests, it s amazing how patterns repeat themselves.Black jockeys, trainers, and other horsemen were in a strange place even as slaves, their irreplaceable professional skills put them in high demand and allowed them unusual geographic mobility and economic opportunity However, white owners and employers utilized these relative privileges to augment black horsemen s oppression, holding over them the perpetual threat of losing those privileges and restricting how they could be exercised.Black horsemen who spoke up against ill treatment in the sporting, social, or political world would be accused of gross ingratitude and every vice assigned to black people by racial stereotype laziness, disrespect, incompetence, stupidity Oh, and they d lose their jobs.Sounds too familiar.Regarding the book it s less a work of analytical rigor than a well researched portrait of race and America through the lens of horse racing In that respect, it s excellent Horse racing may seem a somewhat tangentia

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  • Hardcover
  • 321 pages
  • Race Horse Men
  • Katherine C. Mooney
  • English
  • 19 October 2018
  • 9780674281424