Category Florida History

Flashback Friday: Hurricane Andrew heads toward South Florida

Last week we discussed the landscape of southeastern Florida from 1966 to 1992. As Tropical Storm Andrew churned in the Atlantic over a week’s journey away from Florida, eyes weren’t fixated on the tropics. In the days before Twitter, smart phones and the internet you had to wait for your weather report on the local […]

Unconquered: John Quincy Adams on the Seminole Wars

I have to admit John Quincy Adams is for me one of the most underappreciated figures in the history of this nation. Like his father he a prickly personality and fierce political independence. Like his mother he had a strong moral code one that guided him particularly after she passed and he was out of […]

The Dunning School: How Ivy League elites made racism mainstream in the 20th Century

Editors note: This is a re-running of a piece on the history of racism in Florida that was published in April, but in the wake of the events in Charlottesville and President Trump’s reaction, it’s important to understand the origins of why Confederate Monuments popped up in the 20th Century.    Previously, we discussed the […]

Flashback Friday: October 1966 to August 1992 – the complacency that led to the calm before the storm (part one of a month-long series)

Editors Note: This is the first in a series of articles on TFS about Hurricane Andrew. Before, during, after… A sense of complacency. A sense of invincibility. A sense of invulnerability. A sense of arrogance. That was southeast Florida in the 1980’s. The 1980’s were heady times in southeast Florida. Miami benefited from the drug […]

Flashback Friday: Medicare and Medicaid – the votes in 1965

As large elements in the GOP try to turn back the clock on health care in this country, let’s remember 1965 and the passage of Medicare and Medicaid. Many ideological conservatives opposed the effort first begun by Harry Truman and completed by Lyndon Johnson to provide essential healthcare to seniors and the poor. President Johnson […]

Florida’s diminishing appeal among outsiders becoming apparent – A “dream state” no more

A whirlwind few weeks where many outsiders descended on Florida has come to an end. The International Champions Cup, a soccer tournament featuring eight of the biggest European clubs culminated on Saturday with El Clasico Miami. The event which was sponsored by among other entities, Visit Orlando brought fans and journalists from across the world […]

Flashback Friday: Eric Clapton in Miami and 461 Ocean Boulevard 

Eric Clapton’s 461 Ocean Boulevard is a masterpiece of rock music, one of the quintessential albums of the 1970’s. Recorded at North Miami’s Criteria Studios, Clapton’s first full album after his down period due to heroin addiction (where the one public appearance the English rock star made was a reluctant one at best mate George […]