The Florida History and Culture Series

Edited by Raymond Arsenault, University of South Florida and Gary R. Mormino

Series Description:

During the past half-century, the expanding population and increased national and international visibility of Florida have sparked a great deal of popular interest in the state's past, present, and projected future. But the literature on Florida's distinctive heritage and character has not kept pace with the state's enhanced status. This series is designed to remedy that situation by providing an accessible and attractive format for the publication of Florida-related books, including scholarly books, works of synthesis, carefully selected works of popular history, memoirs, and anthologies. While the series will feature books of historical interest, the editors encourage authors researching Florida's environment, politics, literature, and popular or material culture to submit projects for consideration. This series is no longer accepting new titles.

For more Information:

Raymond Arsenault
University of South Florida
Department of History
140 7TH Ave. South, 200 Snell House
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 553-1555
Fax: (727) 553-3163

Gary R. Mormino
(727) 667-4712

There are 49 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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The Enduring Seminoles: From Alligator Wrestling to Casino Gaming, Revised and Expanded Edition, with a New Preface

This book discusses the cultural tourism activities of the Florida Seminoles from the early twentieth century to the purchase of the Hard Rock Café business in 2006, providing a social and economic history of an unconquered people.

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Florida's Space Coast: The Impact of NASA on the Sunshine State

This book tells the story of how NASA transformed Florida's East Coast from an economy based on agriculture and tourism to one of the nation's most influential centers of technology.

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Castles in the Sand: The Life and Times of Carl Graham Fisher

This is the definitive biography of a famous developer and fascinating entrepreneur. Born in Indiana, Carl Fisher helped build the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and headed promotion for the Indy 500. But these feats were only prologue to his grandest adventure, as primary developer and promoter of Miami Beach.

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America's Fortress: A History of Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Florida

The architectural, military, environmental, and political history of a little-known Civil War outpost that was the most heavily armed coastal defense fort in United States history.

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Key West on the Edge: Inventing the Conch Republic

Sited on an island only four miles long and two miles wide, Key West has been fishing village, salvage yard, U.S. Navy base, cigar factory, hippie haven, gay enclave, cruise ship port-of-call, and more. Leaving no stone unturned, Kerstein reveals how Key West has changed dramatically over the years while holding on to the uniqueness that continues to attract tourists and new residents to the island.

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Manatee Insanity: Inside the War over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species

Why is the manatee just as imperiled today as it was 40 years ago?

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The Stranahans of Fort Lauderdale: A Pioneer Family of New River

The story of Frank and Ivy Stranahan, two individuals who shaped the development of one of Florida's major urban centers.

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"Come to My Sunland": Letters of Julia Daniels Moseley from the Florida Frontier, 1882-1886

Photos and letters from a Victorian gentlewoman

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Jacksonville: The Consolidation Story, from Civil Rights to the Jaguars

The decision to consolidate with surrounding Duval County began the transformation of this conservative, Deep South, backwater city into a prosperous, mainstream metropolis.

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Black Miami in the Twentieth Century

The first book devoted to the history of African Americans in south Florida and their pivotal role in the growth and development of Miami, Black Miami in the Twentieth Century traces their triumphs, drudgery, horrors, and courage during the first 100 years of the city's history. Firsthand accounts and over 130 photographs, many of them never published before, bring to life the proud heritage of Miami's black community.