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The Liverpool UnderworldCrime in the City, 1750-1900$
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Michael Macilwee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316999

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317064

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Sport and Gambling

Sport and Gambling

(p.272) Nineteen Sport and Gambling
The Liverpool Underworld
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the history sports and gambling in Liverpool during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It explains that while animal–baiting was replaced by amusements with a rational character and a tendency to exalt and invigorate the mental faculties, gambling and other brutal blood sports remained popular underground. It describes some of the most common forms of gambling in Liverpool during this period which include coursing, prize–fighting, and street gambling. This chapter argues that authorities had more success in reforming rather than repressing unsuitable popular recreations.

Keywords:   sports, gambling, coursing, prize–fighting, reform, animal–baiting

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