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

Maryjean Wall


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 scorned for its violence and lawlessness and struggled to keep up with competition from horse breeders and businessmen from New York and New Jersey. As part of this struggle, from 1865 to 1910 the social and physical landscape of Kentucky underwent a remarkable metamorphosis, resulting in the gentile, beautiful, and quintessentially southern Bluegrass region of today. This book explores the post-Civil ... More

Keywords: Civil War, jockeys, Thoroughbreds, horse breeders, Bluegrass, Kentucky, African American jockeys, Isaac Murphy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813126050
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126050.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maryjean Wall, author