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“All the Best Jockeys of the West Are Colored”

Maryjean Wall

in How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126050
eISBN:
9780813135410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126050.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

Isaac Murphy, an African American who was born during the Civil War and raised in Lexington, made his career path paralleling the success of Longfellow. He was ranked as the highest-paid athlete in ... More


America Bourne

Pellom McDaniels III

in The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813142715
eISBN:
9780813144276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813142715.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter discusses the institution of slavery in Kentucky in terms of white farmers’ need for black labor to produce a surplus of goods for the marketplace. Here we are introduced to Isaac ... More


How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders

Maryjean Wall

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126050
eISBN:
9780813135410
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126050.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

The conflicts of the Civil War continued long after the conclusion of the war: jockeys and Thoroughbreds took up the fight on the racetrack. A border state with a shifting identity, Kentucky was ... More


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