Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

PBS American Experience on Zora Neale Hurston

PBS last night, debuted its American Experience documentary on Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most Floridian’s ever, and one who had a huge impact on African-American history. Link is below. PBS authenticates using your cable subscription and identifying your local PBS station. https://www.pbs.org/video/zora-neale-hurston-claiming-a-space-zpgqfr/

80 years ago this month – FDR takes first Presidential flight from Miami to Casablanca Conference to meet Churchill

This month marks the 80th Anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt becoming the first US President to take a plane flight, flying overseas to the wartime Casablanca Conference with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. FDR flew from Miami’s Dinner Key Airport, which was then the world’s busiest international airport. This historic flight in January 1943 came […]

MLK Jr., St Augustine campaign leading to the Civil Rights Act of 1964

A podcast discussing MLK Jr. and the St Augustine campaign . You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store apps for free which enable you to subscribe and listen on your iPhone if you do not use the […]

MLK Jr. Birthday weekend – Andrew Young Crossing in St Augustine

We’ve discussed the critical importance of Martin Luther King Jr’s St Augustine campaign many times in the past. In 2011, the City of St Augustine dedicated a memorial to the steps taken by one of King’s right-hand men, future Congressman, UN Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. Here is a short video on Young and St Augustine.

MLK Day 2023: MLK’s passing 55 years ago and its impact on Florida politics

In 1968, Alabama’s Democratic former Governor George Wallace who had become a national figure with his “stand in the schoolhouse door” ran for President on the ticket of the “American Independent Party.” The candidacy despite coded words like “crime,” “law breakers,” and “patriotism” was about one thing- race. Wallace had been a populist earlier in […]

MLK Jr Day Weekend: The St Augustine campaign, a written history

In commemoration of Martin Luther King Day 2021, it is timely to recall the critical role Florida played in the passage of Civil Rights legislation- specifically St Augustine which the epicenter of MLK Jr. and Southern Christian Leadership Council (SLC) activity during the Senate filibuster of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. Listen: The Florida […]

MLK weekend: MLK & LBJ reading and viewing

On this MLK Day, it is important to think about a time when a southern President who prior to 1957, had opposed Civil; Rights effectively partnered with Martin Luther King Jr. The amount of scholarship developed along with screenplays/movies about this period has exploded recently. This also helps explain the gradual shift in terms of […]

Without serious rules reform, that make the party actually democratic, the road forward for Florida Democrats is a non-starter

Quite frankly, I’m disappointed so far in many of the types of conversations I have seen around the Florida Democrats Chair race. Rinse, repeat and cover one’s backside/blame others mode is once in full swing, as usual. This after an eye-popping 19 point statewide ass-whooping loss in the Governor’s Race? I feel compelled to remind […]

The Decline and Fall of Florida Democrats

To start 2023, newly elected Chair of the Leon County Democratic Party Ryan Ray joins us on the Florida History Podcast to discuss the long decline of Florida Democrats fortunes from 1990 onward which culminated in a total vote collapse in 2022. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio […]

On the way out the door, Chairman Manny Diaz NAILS IT about the FDP’s problems.

Retiring FDP Chairman Manny Diaz, did not do a particularly good job in his tenure, to say the least. However, he absolutely nailed many of the party’s problems in his resignation letter – most notably the influence of outside groups, especially post-Citizens United. The discussion of outside groups has tended to dominate the conversations we’ve […]