Tag Archives: Florida History

Famous Floridian Friday: Governor LeRoy Collins after leaving office

In 2016, I penned the afterward to Robert Buccellato’s excellent Florida History timepiece, Finding Dan McCarty focusing on the Governorship of Leroy Collins, who took the unfulfilled McCarty mantle and promise, and made Florida a modern state. I have in the past focused much my analysis on Collins’ views toward improving Florida’s business climate and had long […]

Throwback Thursday: Queen Anne’s War and the British siege of Pensacola

HISTORICAL NOTE: I REFER TO PRE-1707 ACTIVITIES AS “ENGLISH” AND THOSE FROM 1707 ONWARD AS “BRITISH” DUE TO THE ACTS OF UNION BETWEEN THE ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH CROWNS THAT WERE ENACTED IN 1707.  This week in 1707 the second British siege of Pensacola was lifted.  It was culmination of hostilities between the English and the […]

Florida voter rolls during reconstruction

Every now and then especially on Holiday weekends I explore through Florida Memory, the outstanding site from the Division of Library & Information Services. This weekend I came across this gem from the Reconstruction era –  The voter roles for the state from 1867.  The Fifteenth Amendment had yet to be ratified but  Republican-led reconstruction […]

Flashback Friday: 100 Years of Dixie Highway

For many Florida residents of visitors the number of roads called “Dixie Highway” or “Old Dixie Highway” might simply be highly confusing. The highway or at least the early concepts of the highway turn 100 this year, with 1916 having been the critical year for the creation of the road. Carl Fisher’s vision for Dixie […]

Flashback Friday: The Everglades in the 1920’s

The Florida Everglades became a boon for politicians and developers between the 1900’s and 1950’s. This video from Florida Memory produced in 1928 shows the fragility of the ecosystem at the time. Description from Florida Memory and the full length production can be found here. Businessman and adventurer Homer Augustus Brinkley produced this film in 1928 […]

Finding Dan McCarty, an important work on Florida History is released

Finding Dan McCarty the new book by Robert Buccellato has been released and is available via Amazon.com (click on the link on the book title to purchase a copy). I’m honored to have contributed to this work writing a Forward which was about the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s in Florida politics. From the book: A thin layer of […]

Flashback Friday: US 27 in the 1960’s (Citrus Boulevard)

Aa a youngster, I loved the rolling hills of Central Florida and the Orange Groves on those hills both when traveling US 27 through Lake and Polk Counties as well Florida’s Turnpike through Lake. This video about US 27 from Silver Springs down to Miami via the Citrus Tower and Bok Tower Gardens in the […]

Flashback Friday: The 1980 Election in Florida and Ronald Reagan’s ascent

In January we spoke to Robert Buccellato the author of the excellent new book new book Jimmy Carter in Plains: (Images of Modern America). Since that interview and due to the Presidential primaries I have been thinking often about the 1980 Election where  President Jimmy Carter was unseated by Ronald Reagan. Last month we discussed the Dixiecrat […]