Tag Archives: Florida History

Throwback Thursday: Apollo 8 from Cape Canaveral to the world

50 years ago today the mission of Apollo 8 ended., It ranks as one of the most important space missions in history and launched from Cape Canaveral On December 21, 1968. Apollo 8 was the first ever space mission to leave the earth’s orbit and to circle the moon. In the process they became the […]

Holiday book recommendations: Kevin Phillips on the Bush family

Kevin Phillips, who was dubbed in 1995 by one of my Political Science Professors at the University of Florida as “the smartest Republican around,”  is widely viewed as the chief architect of the 1968 Nixon “Southern Strategy” which for 20 years remade the Presidential Electoral map. Beginning in that fall semester in 1995, I began […]

Famous Floridian Friday Claude Pepper holiday book recommendations

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 November 7, 2000 as the most significant election in […]

Throwback Thursday: The Civil War in Florida- union blockade

Florida was the least populated state in the Confederacy during the Civil War. But with by far the longest coastline in the nation, the Union had to take seriously the ability of the smugglers to use Florida to get weapons and other raw materials to the Confederate Government. At the outset of the war, the […]

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 […]