Category Florida History

#Stayathome book suggestion – A Most Disorderly Court

A Most Disorderly Court: Scandal and Reform in the Florida Judiciary (Florida History and Culture) by Martin Dyckman is yet another important time piece by the former St Petersburg Times Associate Editor. Dyckman’s knowledge of the 1970’s Florida political landscape is second to none among reporters and having covered the events closely, he was able to first pen Reubin […]

#Stayathome reading suggestion: Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture.

Richard Nixon was the closest thing we have gotten to having Floridian in the White House (During Nixon’s 1972 reelection he was possibly registered to vote in Florida and was nominated both in 1968 and 1972 for President at the Republican National Convention held in Miami). Donald Trump has tried repeating the same trick for […]

#Stayathome reading suggestion: Jimmy Carter’s Turning Point.

President Jimmy Carter’s 1992 book, Turning Point: A Candidate, a State, and a Nation Come of Age is the story of Carter’s first run for public office. In 1962, Carter sought a seat in the State Senate and was the victim of blatant vote stuffing. At the time Georgia was still resisting desegregation laws, and elections were […]

#Stayathome suggestions: LBJ and MLK reading and viewing

With most of locked inside for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 reading about the Civil Rights movement served as a reminder of the critical role Florida played in the passage of legislation- specifically St Augustine which the epicenter of MLK Jr. and SLC activity during the Senate filibuster of the legislation. The amount of […]

Florida's Turnpike and Toll Roads in Central Florida

When the Turnpike was originally proposed in he late 1940’s the road was supposed to travel thirty five miles east of Orlando. Thomas B. Manuel, a Broward County Commissioner and chair of the Turnpike Commission sought to link southeast Florida with the First Coast destinations of Jacksonville and St Augustine. Speaker of the House Farris […]

Albion Florida – new book project

Thanks to the COVID-19 related shut down, I have made great progress on my latest book project which is a narrative about Colonial Florida and the influence the English/British had on it. Florida was only under British rule for two decades from 1763 to 1783. However, the English then the British (after the 1707 Act […]

Sir Frances Drake and the 1586 English raid on St Augustine

Sir Frances Drake, a famous figure in English history raided St Augustine in May 1586. The Spanish settlement was destroyed as Drake attacked Florida in the midst of the Anglo-Spanish War. Two years later Drake would be among the English commanders in the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Drake’s raid had major impacts as the […]