Brief History of American Gambling Part 1
Gambling in America has its roots in the soil of its earliest inhabitants those that lived here and those that gambled their lives on the prospect of a new world both would have a profound effect on how Americans view gambling.
No people have embraced gambling more than the original Americans they experienced gambling as a sacred ritual games of skill like lacrosse and a crude form of checkers matched players against one another played with equal enthusiasm. Were games of chance such as dice and the throwing of bones and there were times when they to play for keeps I remember some of the stories my grandmother told me in our ancient history where people was bet quite a bit horses and other prized possessions were typical wagers made by the original Americans who saw gambling is a practical and peaceful way to redistribute wealth among their tribes yet at times wagers exceeded tradition when goods were not available to wager.
It was not uncommon for a man to risk his own freedom and slaving himself to those in which he lost ultimately though gambling. Among Native Americans was about this sacrament of community I think that the camaraderie that goes on I think the nationality of one tribe playing against the other that goes on those are much more paramount and much more important than actually what is won.
The Native American attitude towards gambling was replaced by a more divisive approach the moment the first white foot hit the shore of North America when the English arrived in Jamestown in the 17th century they brought with them a sense of risk-taking that was reflected in their love of gambling dice and cards were well-established forms of gambling in England and were soon used to pass the idleness of the New World by 1610 seven racehorses had arrived in the Virginia Colony the popular English Gentry sport of horse racing soon became an everyman sport attended by a rowdy and informal group of spectators the settlers were establishing their own identity and gambling was a perfect reflection of the new attitude but the colony soon became debt ridden and the English aristocracy blamed that on the overindulgent colonists propensity to gamble the answer to the problem was the problem itself the English decided to hold the lottery the hypocrisy had begun if the government could benefit from gambling they could easily justify its use the colonies needed ways to raise money.
There was no infrastructure, there were no banks, there was no tax system, there was no real easy way for the colonial governments to raise money so lotteries were seen as just the easiest wave for the next century lotteries funded everything from new roads to the building of great educational institutions like Harvard Yale and Princeton the lottery was seen as a practical and benign form of taxing that benefited the country other forms of gambling.
However were not as readily accepted by the opponents of gambling the moralists lambaste at cockfighting and bear baiting is inhumane the aristocracy had different concerns there was the notion that gambling encouraged Island that’s when you needed every hand to work as you were trying to carve out a foothold in a strange land the battle lines had begun to form on one side with a moralists and the government on the other side were hard-working men and women with limited diversions as long as gambling looks like it’s controlled and is not widespread there tends to be not a great cry for prohibition but when it hits all of society particularly the poor then lawmakers say hey we’ve got to get rid of it and sometimes they exempt themselves in a move to stop the growing problem of corruption.