Category Florida History

Governor DeSantis and the 1845 Moseley flag

I appreciate in a way probably unique to most folks in this state that we have an actual Floridian as Governor, after suffering through eight years of a retired Health Care executive from somewhere else masquerading as a Governor. The previous Governor pretended he knew something about our state, but more often than not showed […]

Why the Smathers Project?

In this week’s Florida History Podcast we explain why we’ve embarked on an extensive re-examination of the career of the late Senator George Smathers. 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 […]

George Smathers, Latin America and other foreign affairs

Another area of focus for our fore-coming Smathers project will be foreign affairs, trade and immigration policy, areas where Senator Smathers got involved involved in the nitty-gritty of his Senate duties. His close relationship to three US Presidents and the transitory nature of Florida during the 1960’s are also critically important in understanding this area […]

What’s ahead with “The Smathers Project” – an insight into a critical period in Florida History

As we teased earlier this month, we’re going to periodically take a closer look at the late US Senator George Smathers record as it’s become a subject of controversy among many activists here in Florida. Smathers’ record is complicated and his ties to some of the leading figures in American history are indisputable. Here is […]

No Florida History Podcast this week

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We’ll return with a new podcast next week.

The Smathers Project: A mixed legacy

We’ll get back to our own analysis of Senator George Smathers’ legacy soon, but for posterity’s sake, it’s important to read this obituary from The Washington Post to understand the scope and breadth of his importance.

Systemic racism in Highway building: Florida’s Interstates that plowed through African-American communities

Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis in response to the idea of systemic racism in highway building said “a road is a road.” Well, on this week’s Florida History podcast we will demonstrate that is not the case with several examples from the state of Florida where roads were built right through African-American neighborhoods. Brook Hines […]

The Smathers Project: George Smathers on Civil Rights

As part of our continuing look at George Smathers record here is a clip from Florida Memory where Smathers talks about Civil Rights, party caucuses and joining the southern filibuster against Civil Rights legislation.

Looking back at the life of Congressman Charles Bennett

On this week’s Florida History Podcast,we look back at the life of Congressman Charles Bennett with a special contribution from Florida Squeeze writer and former Bennett staffer, Scott Gaillard. We also discus our upcoming Florida Squeeze series on Senator George Smathers. 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 […]

It’s time to take a closer look at George Smathers and his legacy in Florida.

The late Senator George Smathers (D-Florida) was a close friend of JFK, LBJ and Richard Nixon. His name is adorned on some of several sites in this state including the University of Florida library system and the most popular beach in Key West. Smathers image has been defined by two things – on the positive […]