Category Florida History

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 […]

TFS Archives – from 2020, has the identity-driven left betrayed MLK’s legacy?

Dr. Martin Luther King was a polarizing figure who brought out the best and worst in America. Eventually, the better angels of our nature prevailed and monumental legal progress was made through historic legislation. Socially, we are a far more integrated society than we were in the 1960s. Racism remains across the racial spectrum, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

Remembering Rosewood- 100 years later

Listen back to our podcast on the Rosewood Massacre, as today is the 100th Anniversary of Rosewood, a day of infamy in Florida’s history. 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 […]

The Sinking of the Commodore

On New Years Eve 1896, a ship with a famous passenger, Stephen Crane and lots of armaments for Cuban revolutionaries left Jacksonville for Havana. It never made it. We tell the story in this podcast.  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 […]

Koreshan Homes – A video tour

Books about Claude Pepper are a great Florida-themed last minute holiday gift

PODCAST: Claude Pepper’s second act PODCAST: Smathers v Pepper For the holidays we recommend both  Red Pepper and Gorgeous George: Claude Pepper’s Epic Defeat in the 1950 Democratic Primary (Florida Government and Politics) and Claude Pepper and Ed Ball: Politics, Purpose, and Power (Florida History and Culture) While most modern historians and political activists would point to […]