Florida in Focus

Edited by Andrew K. Frank, Florida State University

Series Description:

Books in this series provide lively introductions to a range of topics in Florida history. Written by established scholars, the books view Florida subjects in broader contexts and are designed to circulate widely in the spirit of public history. This series does not accept unsolicited titles. 

For more Information:

Andrew K. Frank
Florida State University
Department of History
113 Collegiate Loop
Tallahassee, FL 32306
(850) 644-7336

There are 4 books in this series.

Please note that while you may order forthcoming books at any time, they will not be available for shipment until shortly before publication date

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Selling Vero Beach: Settler Myths in the Land of the Aís and Seminole

This book explores how settlers from northern states created myths about the Indian River area on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, importing ideas about the region’s Indigenous peoples and rewriting its history to market the land to investors and tourists.

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Tampa Bay: The Story of an Estuary and Its People

This book explores the environmental history of the largest open water estuary in Florida, revealing how people have interacted with nature throughout the long history of Tampa Bay.

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Millard Fillmore Caldwell: Governing on the Wrong Side of History

Once considered one of the greatest Floridians of his generation, Millard Fillmore Caldwell is known today for his inability to adjust to the racial progress of the modern world. Leading Florida historian Gary Mormino tackles the difficult question of how to remember yesterday’s heroes who are now known to have had serious flaws.

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Before the Pioneers: Indians, Settlers, Slaves, and the Founding of Miami

Frank pieces together the material culture and the historical record of the Miami River to re-create the fascinating past of one of the world’s most influential cities.