Category Florida History

Holiday book recommendation: Heirs of the Founders

If you are looking for a late holiday gift for a friend or loved one, look no further than H.W. Brands, Heirs of the Founders: Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants. Brands’ is one of the preeminent historians of American history that is active today. The subjects he’s […]

Ancient Spanish Monastery

This week on The Florida History Podcast, we have a  short episode as we discuss the Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach, the oldest European-built structure in the United States. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store […]

Partisan shifts on the I-4 corridor

The I-4 corridor is considered one of the most important and lucrative vote banks in Florida and national politics. But the area has long been fluid in its political preferences. Since the 1960’s migration to and within the Sunshine State as well as immigration have changed the complexion of the region time and again. In […]

Biscayne National Park

Biscayne, the lesser known of the two southeastern Florida national parks is a unique treasure. In this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss the fight over the park’s creation. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store apps for […]

From Old Capitol to New Capitol

Tallahassee, Florida’s capital city has seen an evolution of the capitol building complex through the years. In this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss the various capitol buildings through the years in Tallahassee. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have […]

Claude Pepper’s legacy

Claude Pepper is a legend not only of Florida politics but national progressive politics. His brand of New Deal Liberalism and longevity as a prominent national ambassador for the ideology made him someone who appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1938, but again in 1983. In this week’s Florida History Podcast, we discuss […]

The racist, anti-Catholic populism of Sidney Catts, and Woodrow Wilson-era Florida racist politics.

In 1916, Sidney Catts was elected Governor of Florida after being denied the Democratic nomination in a recount. Catts secured the nomination of the Prohibition Party and was elected. Catts talked extensively about political & bureaucratic reform and married that rhetoric with overt racism and anti-Catholicism. In the latest edition of the Florida History Podcast […]