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The Great Black Jockeys: The Lives and Times of the Men Who Dominated America's First National Sport

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The most engrossing sports stories have a way of sneaking up on you. They explore issues much broader than competition, who won, and who lost; they are sports stories because they take place on the fields of play, but the light they shed illuminates much more than the athletic arena. On one level, The Great Black Jockeys is certainly about sports--indeed, racing was Americ ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 27th 1999 by Prima Lifestyles
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Rena Sherwood
A fascinating view of American history through a very specific lens -- that of black jockeys in America and blacks in thoroughbred horse racing. Most of the first winners of the Kentucky Derby had black jockeys. For example, James Winkfield won the coveted Kentucky Derby twice, but wound up having to race in Europe in order to find work. Here he is on Alan A Dale in 1902:

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Also shows that, when it comes to racial issues, not much has changed since the 1700s. Where black jockeys at American turf us
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Pamela Hornsby
An eye-opener about the role of black athletes in American. Right from the start, as slaves and as free men, Afro-Americans were among America's first athletes in its biggest sport. Jackie Robinson did not begin a trend, he re-began it. This was a very interesting book full of things you never find in the usual history of America.
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My friend Pam Williams recommended this book & I am glad she did. An interesting book on an overlooked subject
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