The Pork Chop Gang and the birth of modern progressive Florida politics – The Florida History Podcast Episode 6

Episode 6 of The Florida History Podcast focuses on the era of The Pork Chop Gang, a group of rural legislators who controlled the politics of the state tightly until the 1950’s and whose power was not completely broken until the Constitution of 1968.

We examine Charley Johns, Senate President, Acting Governor and one of the leaders of the faction as well as delving into the changing Florida, more urbane and cosmopolitan after World War II, and how the elections of Dan McCarty and Leroy Collins were strongly opposed by the Pork Choppers.

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A must listen for any student of Florida political or legislative history!

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  1. […] 1960’s an intense competition broke out between three, later four factions. The factions were the Pork Chop gang, a modernizing faction (best exemplified by Governor Leroy Collins, the man most responsible for […]


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