Category Florida History

Recalling “Murder at Matecumbe” the Labor Day weekend tragedy in the Keys

The National Hurricane Center in 2014 reclassified the 1935 Keys Labor Day Storm, one of the greatest tragedies in Florida’s History as the strongest storm to ever hit the US mainland. The storm hit 83 years ago today on September 2, 1935. One of the great tragedies of the Labor Day storm was the death of hundreds of […]

For Florida Democrats historical context is lacking. Why Levine and Gillum on paper aren’t as flawed as assumed.

Having lost 17 of the last 18 elections for Governor and the statewide Cabinet, you would think Florida’s Democrats would be looking for new blood, new ideas and fresh energy. But the establishment of the party loves to double down on tired old thinking and lazy stereotypes. They also love to maintain power at all […]

Remembering the 1952 Gubernatorial Election Part II

Editors note: With  2018 a Gubernatorial election year,  noted Florida historian and author Robert Buccellato has written a series on past gubernatorial campaigns. We ran part 1 of his series detailing Dan McCarty’s historic 1952 win, the first by a south Floridian today. Part I on Governor McCarty can be found here.    McCarty would spend the following […]

50th Anniversary of MLK Jr. Death: Leroy Collins, Selma and 1968

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 […]

50th Anniversary of MLK Jr Death: Parallels to Gandhi

    Martin Luther King Jr. never met Mohandas Gandhi but yet the Leader of the non-violent Indian Independence movement had a great deal of influence over the similar movement for the liberation of African-Americans from the racist policies of Southern Democratic politicians. MLK Jr. in his own words on Gandhi’s influence on him: King wanted […]

50th Anniversary of MLK Jr Death: St Augustine and Dr. King

Editors Note: In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  we look back at an article we first ran on the 45th anniversary of Dr, King’s death in April 2013 regarding Dr. King and St Augustine. Today is the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and […]

Remembering the 1952 Florida gubernatorial election – part 1

Editors note: With  2018 a Gubernatorial election year,  noted Florida historian and author Robert Buccellato has written a series on past gubernatorial campaigns. We ran part 1 of his series detailing Dan McCarty’s historic 1952 win, the first by a south Floridian today. Part II on Governor McCarty will run later this week.   By Robert Buccellato In honor […]

50th Anniversary of MLK Jr. Death: A history of political racism in Florida from 1916 onward

This week in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King we will be re-running some select pieces on Civil Rights that we have featured in the five plus years this site has been publishing. The first is a rerun of a 2017 piece. Editors note: With the recent legislative […]

Flashback Friday: Fort Lauderdale Hurricane

Seventy years ago this month a Category 4 storm slammed into southeastern Florida. The storm since referred to as the “Fort Lauderdale Hurricane” approached the southeast coast of the state as a Category 5 but weakened to a strong Category 4 just offshore around Bimini. The storm killed only 17 people in the state far […]

Flashback Friday: The Keys, the railroad and tragic hurricanes

Following Hurricane Irma and its impact on the Keys we look back at the building of the Overseas Railroad, the 1906 Keys Hurricane and of course the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. The building of the Overseas Railroad was one of great engineering feats in Florida’s history – in fact it might actually be one of […]