This innovative study re-examines the dynamics of race relations in the post–Civil War South from an altogether fresh perspective: field sports.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, wealthy white men from Southern cities and the industrial North traveled to the hunting and fishing lodges of the old Confederacyescaping from the office to socialize among like-minded peers. These sportsmen depended on local black guides who knew the land and fishing holes and could ensure a successful outing. For whites, the ability to hunt and fish freely and employ black laborers became a conspicuous display of their wealth and social standing.
But hunting and fishing had been a way of life for all Southernersblacks includedsince colonial times. After the war, African Americans used their mastery of these sports to enter into market activities normally denied people of color, thereby becoming more economically independent from their white employers. Whites came to view black participation in hunting and fishing as a serious threat to the South’s labor system. Scott E. Giltner shows how African-American freedom developed in this racially tense environmenthow blacks' sense of competence and authority flourished in a Jim Crow setting.
Giltner’s thorough research using slave narratives, sportsmen’s recollections, records of fish and game clubs, and sporting periodicals offers a unique perspective on the African-American struggle for independence from the end of the Civil War to the 1920s.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Series:||The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science , #126|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Scott E. Giltner is an assistant professor of history at Culver-Stockton College.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Hunting, Fishing, and Freedom
1. "You Can't Starve a Negro": Hunting and Fishing and African Americans' Subsistence in the Post-Emancipation South
2. "The Pot-Hunting Son of Ham": White Sportsmen's Objections to African Americans' Hunting and Fishing
3. "The Art of Serving Is with Them Innate": African Americans and the Work of Southern Hunting and Fishing
4. "With the Due Subordination of Master and Servant Preserved": Race and Sporting Tourism in the Post-Emancipation South
5. "When He Should Be between the Plow Handles": Sportsmen, Landowners, Legislators, and the Assault on African Americans' Hunting and Fishing
Conclusion: Contradiction and Continuity in the Southern Sporting Field
Essay on Sources
What People are Saying About This
"Very original... a substantial contribution. Giltner has detailed wonderful vignettes of African Americans and elite white sportsmen hunting in the South. He takes the theme of common rights and shows how an elite white South restricted those rights and worked to take them from African Americans."