Browse by Subject: History

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Dreams in the New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida’s Turning Point

Eminent historian Gary Mormino illuminates early twenty-first-century Florida and its connections to some of the most significant events in contemporary American history, taking stock of a tumultuous decade of change and explaining the state’s social, cultural, and political intricacies.

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Writing for the Public Good: Essays from David R. Colburn and Senator Bob Graham

This book presents over 100 important opinion pieces from David R. Colburn and Senator Bob Graham, two of the most influential public figures in contemporary Florida, illustrating the power of civic engagement in tackling issues facing the nation.

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Ninety Miles and a Lifetime Away: Memories of Early Cuban Exiles

Bringing together an unprecedented number of extensive personal stories, this book shares the triumphs and heartbreaking moments experienced by some of the first Cubans to come to the United States after Fidel Castro took power in 1959.

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Facing Florida: Essays on Culture and Religion in Early Modern Southeastern America

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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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Tampa: Impressions of an Emigrant

Translated into English with extensive notes and a wealth of supplementary material, this narrative of a nineteenth-century Cuban émigré brings to life the early Cuban exile communities in Tampa.

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Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer

This biography follows the life of Chesterfield Smith, a defining Florida figure who led the Florida Bar, masterminded the drafting of a new state constitution, and spearheaded the American Bar Association’s condemnation of Richard M. Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

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Florida's Healing Waters: Gilded Age Mineral Springs, Seaside Resorts, and Health Spas

Filled with rare photographs, vintage postcards and advertisements, and fascinating descriptions from over 100 years ago, this book spotlights a little-known time in history when tourists poured into Florida in search of good health. Rick Kilby shows how Florida’s natural wonders were promoted and developed as restorative destinations for America’s emerging upper class.

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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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Seeking the American Tropics: South Florida's Early Naturalists

For centuries, the southernmost region of the Florida peninsula was seen by outsiders as wild and inaccessible, one of the last frontiers in the quest to understand and reveal the natural history of the continent. This book tells the stories of the explorers and adventurers who—for better and for worse—helped open the unique environment of South Florida to the world.