Borders, divisions, and connections can be physical or intellectual, and the borders and regions created by the sport of harness racing were large and small, geographical and social. The eastern North American origin and focus of the sport demonstrated the character of the region; the sport had grassroots origins in the region, and expanded to the level of a major spectator sport by the last decades of the nineteenth century. Harness racing in the Maritimes and New England in the nineteenth century demonstrated the social and economic cohesion of the region and helped to solidify group and personal identities. Maine and New Brunswick were an intellectual and physical region which was, in part, defined through harness racing. The author recently completed her doctoral dissertation at the University of New Brunswick. She currently works at the University of New Brunswick’s Harriet Irving Library and is also employed as a stipend instructor.
Grandy, Leah. "“Yankees” and “Bluenosers” at the Races: Harness Racing, Group Identity, and the Creation of a Maine-New Brunswick Sporting Region, 1870-1930." Maine History 47, 1 (2013): 94-110. https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/mainehistoryjournal/vol47/iss1/6