Tag Archives: Florida History

Florida Launches the Great Moonshot: 50th Anniversary

Editors Note: This is the third part of our special series on Apollo 11 and the Moon Landings that were launched from Cape Canaveral this week. Our article on the adversity faced by the Apollo Program is here The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze discussion on the space program, Apollo 11 and […]

East Florida in the American and French Revolutions – a little remembered history

Editor’s note. We’re re-running this piece which originally ran earlier in the year on July 4, the holiday that celebrates American Independence. As we seek to rekindle an interest in Florida History with our website, this topic seems particularly important in discussions on July 4. We’ve spent a significant amount of time on this site […]

How many historical sites does your county have?

Recently at this site we’ve emphasized a renewal of interest in Florida history. We’ve launched the weekly Florida History Podcast while offering more written work on historical topics than any time in the past. Thanks to the research work of Wikipedia users we have an approximate list of how many sites that are listed on […]

The Pork Chop Gang and the birth of modern progressive Florida politics – The Florida History Podcast Episode 6

Episode 6 of The Florida History Podcast focuses on the era of The Pork Chop Gang, a group of rural legislators who controlled the politics of the state tightly until the 1950’s and whose power was not completely broken until the Constitution of 1968. We examine Charley Johns, Senate President, Acting Governor and one of […]

Florida as a Presidential swing state – a history

Listen to the latest edition of The Florida History Podcast discussing Florida’s role as a Presidential swing state in both General Elections and primaries since 1876. The Florida History Podcast is available on Anchor, Spotify , Google Podcasts, Breaker, <a href="http://Pocketcasts, and Radio Public.

Identity politics IS modern global politics – A brief historical overview of how & why we got here

At this website we’ve railed time and again against what we see as the shallow game of identity politics. It’s a game that allows those advocating it to avoid meaningful discussion of issues related to policy and governance. It’s a game that pits race against race, ethnicity against ethnicity and religion against religion. However, it […]

The Florida History Podcast Episode 2: Region v Region; North v South

In episode two we take a brief look at the historic divisions between south Florida and north Florida. The cracker identity v the “Cincinnati effect.”  We discuss the cultural identity of both regions and the inevitable clash both politically and socially that would come in time. The conflict between different regions of our diverse state […]

Why don’t Floridians know much about the state’s history?

Of course while writing that headline I had Sam Cooke’s music going through my head. But it’s a serious question… For whatever reason, the rich history of Florida, the first part of the continental United States to be colonized by Europeans, as well as a place with a rich pre-Columbian history is often ignored by […]

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 […]