Thursday Bookshelf: 1950 Democratic Primary for US Senate


Our weekly Thursday Bookshelf column will resume next week with a look at Claude Pepper, George Smathers, Ed Ball and the (in)famous 1950 US Senate election in Florida.  I had hoped to publish this story sometime today but events overcame me and I have not finished one of the books that will be featured in the review yet, Red Pepper and Gorgeous George: Claude Pepper’s Epic Defeat in the 1950 Democratic Primary (Florida Government and Politics). We will also review Claude Pepper and Ed Ball: Politics, Purpose, and Power (Florida History and Culture) next week. For more background on the 1950 Democratic Primary which has been called by some historians “more significant than the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida,” please read my colleague Ryan Ray’s article on the race from last March. 

We’ll have the piece ready for publishing next Thursday. Thanks again for reading!


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