Florida: A Short History

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This is a welcome mini-successor to Charlton Tebeau's out-of-print A History of Florida. Gannon (history, Univ. of Florida) has updated coverage of the state's long history to include minorities, women, and environmental concerns through the year of Hurricane Andrew, focusing more on social than political history. The book contains some minor factual errors: the town of Cedar Key is misspelled several times as Cedar Keys, which is an offshore wildlife refuge; Gannon laments the exclusionary policies of the Universities of Miami and Florida, which in the 1940s excluded blacks from sports teams, while ignoring the opportunities then afforded African Americans at A&M College, which produced renowned athletes Willie Gallimore and Althea Gibson. Despite these slips, Gannon's work belongs on all library shelves.-- Susan Hamburger, Alderman Lib., Univ. of Virginia Lib., Charlottesville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813011677
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Columbus Quincentenary Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

In the Beginning 1
European Settlement 3
Missions 10
Military and Civil Life 14
Two Decades of British Rule 17
The Second Spanish Period 24
The United States Acquires Florida 27
Territorial Years and Statehood 28
Secession 40
Reconstruction 46
The Bourbon Era 53
Modern Florida Begins 66
World War I and Prohibition 74
Boom in Paradise 77
Racism and Violence 86
Tropical Depression 88
Relief and Recovery 89
Industry and Agriculture 95
World War II 100
Postwar Politics 109
Taking Stock Culturally 112
Florida at Midcentury 118
The Pepper-Smathers Campaign 123
The McCarty and Collins Years 125
The Sixties 130
The Seventies 135
Within Our Memories 139
The Past is Prologue 150
Books on Florida History 152
Index 157
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