A Black Gambleras World of Liquor, Vice, and Presidential Politics: William Thomas Scott of Illinois, 1839a 1917

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University of Wisconsin Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
Bruce L. Mouser is the author of For Labor, Race, and Liberty: George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, and the Making of Independent Black Politics. He is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
"As Mouser shows, Scott spent his life figuring out--and satisfying--men's interests with liquor, gambling, and women, and . . . [he] refused to be complicit in backing politicians who took him and the broader base of first-generation black voters for dupes. . . . Scott saw the political game for what it was: a game of power."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"The work of a master historian and storyteller. Mouser's rich and nuanced scholarship adds clarity and depth to our understanding of African Americans and third-party politics, bringing us into the wider, complex, and contradictory world which Scott was both a product of and helped to produce."--Omar H. Ali, author of In the Lion's Mouth: Black Populism in the New South, 1886-1900
"This is a fascinating and informative look into the life of a forgotten but important African American leader. Mouser has written a masterful study of a black leader and maverick who worked tirelessly to promote and advance the black community (while at the same time lining his own pockets in the sordid world of gambling, prostitution, and tavern-keeping). Scott emerges as a powerful, interesting, and even enigmatic leader working on both sides of the law to further his own interests and those of the larger African American community."--Roger Bridges, Illinois State Universit
"Anyone interested in African American politics, Midwestern history, and African American life in the nineteenth century . . . will enjoy the pithy A Black Gambler's World." --Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society