The Florida Historical Society Press preserves Florida’s past through the publication of books on a wide variety of topics relating to our state’s diverse history and culture. We publish non-fiction books, of course, and our goal of disseminating Florida history to the widest possible audience is also well served by the publication of novels firmly based upon scholarly research. Teachers and students alike find that our high quality fictionalized accounts of Florida history bring the past to life and make historic events, people and places more accessible and “real.” We also publish books focusing on creative expressions of Florida history and culture such as painting, cooking, and photography.
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Florida's Golden Age 1880-1930
The Rollins College Colloquy
How did Florida, one of the country's four smallest and least developed states in 1880, become within fifty years not only a tourist mecca but also a hub for technological innovation?
To explore this remarkable Golden Age, Rollins College brought together a wide variety of scholars and artists--historians and poets, biologists and environmental scientists, philosophers and literary cri tics--to help shine light on a period that, despite its challenges and failures, transformed the Sunshine State. This volume brings together their insights as we all continue reflecting on our post, our pre sent, and our future.The contributors include Benjamin D. Brotemarkle, Grant Cornwell, Jack Emerson Davis, Jill C. Jones, Jack Lane, Peter Meinke, Gary Mormino, Maurice O\xe2\x80\x99Sullivan, Arva Moore Parks, Leslie Kemp Po ole, Richard T. Reep, Bruce Stephenson, and Claire Strom.
It is June 1963 and fifteen-year-old Margaret Jefferson is being arrested at a sit-in at a lunch counter in St. Augustine. The Civil Rights Movement has found its way into her hometown, and Maggie feels a deep need to be a part of it. She believes in the ideals of the movement and the ultimate goal of equality. She also finds the nonviolence that the protestors are committed to very comforting.
However, as the summer and fall of 1963 unfold in St. Augustine, their nonviolent protests are met with rising resistance, aggression, and intimidation from local government officials as well as the Ku Klux Klan. Cattle prods used on protestors, firebombs thrown into the homes of families trying to integrate the schools, teenagers held in jail indefinitely. No one is safe, it seems.
This story, told through Maggie's innocent and hopeful eyes, will help a new generation of young people to understand the strength and sacrifices of those who worked so hard for civil rights in this country. It will also help to shine the spotlight on the role that St. Augustine, and Florida, had in the movement.
Judy Lindquist is the author of the acclaimed historical novel Saving Home, used in classrooms throughout the state to engage students in the study of Spanish colonial St. Augustine. She teaches fourth grade students in Orange County, and aspiring teachers at the University of Central Florida.
Before His Time
The Untold Story of Harry T. Moore America's First Civil Rights Martyr
On Christmas night, 1951, a bomb exploded in Mims, Florida, under the home of civil rights activist and educator Harry T. Moore.
Harry and his wife Harriette both died from injuries sustained in the blast, making them the first martyrs of the contemporary civil rights movement. They were killed twelve years before Medgar Evers, fourteen years before Malcolm X, and seventeen years before Martin Luther King, Jr.
The sound of the bomb could be heard three miles away in the neighboring town of Titusville, but what resonates today is the memory of the important civil rights work accomplished by Moore.
This new edition of Ben Green's comprehensive biography of Harry T. Moore includes updated material about the investigations into the bombing, and additional photographs commemorating Moore's legacy.
|Frank Thomas Florida Songbook
The Frank Thomas Florida Songbook
Frank Thomas writes and performs songs about the history, people, and places of Florida. Songs such as Old Cracker Cowman, The Flatwoods of Home, Spanish Gold have earned him a loyal following. In 2013, Thomas was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
This songbook, which features lyrics and chords, is the only printed collection of songs by the legendary Frank Thomas. There are more than 80 songs in this collec tion, with introductions by Frank Thomas, Ann Thomas, and Lisa Thomas.
Thomas' Florida roots run deep. His family has lived here since the late 1700s, participating in the Seminole Indian Wars and the Civil War.
Thomas grew up in Middleburg, Florida, in a musical family who played gospel music. His first performing experiences were in church. His early musical influences al so included performers on radio broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry, including Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, and Webb Pierce.
After serving seven years in the Army in the 1960s, Thomas began touring with nationally known gospel, country, and bluegrass bands as a guitarist and singer. He pl ayed with groups including the Taylor Brothers, the Webb Family, and the Arkansas Travelers.
When Frank Thomas returned to the Sunshine State in the 1970s, he met Florida Troubadour Will McLean, who encouraged him to write songs about Florida. Thomas joined other folk musicians such as Gamble Rogers, Paul Champion, and Bobby Drawdy in their efforts to preserve Florida stories in song.
Thomas has gained a reputation for strongly encouraging other performers to write songs about Florida history and culture. He performs regularly at the Florida Folk Festival each Memorial Day weekend, and at venues throughout the state.
|The Army Is My Calling
The Army Is My Calling: The Life and Writings of Major John Rogers Vinton 1801-1847
The military career of John Rogers Vinton spanned three decades of American conflict and expansion, from the War of 1812 to the War with Mexico. Entering West Point at t he age of twelve, he went on to serve in sensitive positions in the War Department, survived six years of service in Florida during the Second Seminole War, and gave his life in the siege of Veracruz.
Yet John Rogers Vinton was more than a career army officer. A committed Christian, he longed to enter the ministry, but circumstances prevented it. A member of one of Rh ode Island\xe2\x80\x99s leading families, he suffered through the agony of being an absent single parent while fighting the Indians of Florida. He is also remembered for his life-like and vivid artwork, much of it detailing the Florida frontier and his Seminole adversaries.
Working from an extensive collection of military journals and family correspondence, award-winning historians John and Mary Lou Missall open a fascinating window into the life of a dedicated soldier, gifted artist, and devoted family man.
|Bound to Die
Bound to Die is the true crime story of Florida serial killer Bobby Joe Long. In 1984 Long was convicted of the heinous murders of nine women in Florida's Tampa Bay area. The first body of 19 year old disco dancer Lana Long was found in a field on Mother's Day. Six months later, the bloody rampage ended when the ninth victim w as discovered. All had been tortured with rapes and savagely beaten and raped. The killer's confession of his crimes is haunting. The vividly rendered results of his h istorical trials and appeals are equally shocking.
|Doris Leeper: Legacy of a Visionary
Doris Leeper was a visionary artist and environmentalist. She was instrumental in the creation of the Canaveral National Seashore, established Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, and was a celeb rated sculptor and painter. Doris Leeper died in 2000, one year after being inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
This book includes remembrances from people who knew her, worked with her to help realize her goals, and were inspired by her passion. Together, these essays, articles and anecdotes paint a fascinating p ortrait of Doris Leeper, and describe her outstanding contributions to Florida, and the world.
|Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy
Stetson Kennedy was born in Jacksonville on October 5, 1916. From 1937 to 1942, Kennedy traveled the cities, towns, and rural backwoods of Florida documenting the cultural heritage of the state's diverse populations for the WPA's Florida Writer's Project. Kennedy later infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, exposing their secrets. He was an activist for positive social change, working to make life better for all Floridians until his death on August 27, 2011. This book is the first comprehensive look at the life and work of author, activist, folklorist, investigative journalist, and oral historian Stetson Kennedy.
|Handfuls of History: Stories about Florida's Past
Dr. Jerald T. Milanich is Curator Emeritus of Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, and one of the most respected historical archaeologists in the state.
|Andrew Jackson in Florida
Andrew Jackson is one of the most controversial figures in Florida history. He invaded Pensacola, the capital of Spanish-controlled Florida, during the War of 1812. He was commander of military operations during the First Seminole War, and his Indian Removal policies sparked the Second Seminole War. He briefly served as the first territorial governor of Florida.
No other person is more closely associated with the "Americanization" of Florida and its transformation from Spanish borderland to Deep South frontier. Jackson's military expeditions ended both Spanish and Native American control over Florida's Big Bend and Panhandle areas. From his own time to the present, opinion is divided on whether he deserves praise or condemnation for his actions.
This book includes scholarly perspectives previously published in the, Florida Historical Quarterly important primary source documents from Jackson's time, and new original analysis from contemporary scholars reflecting upon Jackson's legacy.
|The Hannibal Square Heritage Collection: Photographs and Oral Histories
The historic photographs published in this book are part of the permanent collection and display at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, located in Winter Park, Florida, USA. The center is a program of Crealde School of Art and is operated in partnership with the City of Winter Park. The Heritage Center was established in 2007 as a tribute to the past, present and future of Winter Park's African American community. It is a unique cultural facility that celebrates community heritage through documentary photography and public art. Crealde School of Art is a forty year old, widely recognized visual arts school, offering an educational curriculum of over 100 courses for students of all ages and backgrounds, three galleries, and an award winning outreach program that brings arts and humanities to many underserved communities throughout Central Florida. Its mission is based on the belief that the arts are for everyone; every individual has a story worth telling and something creative to contribute, making a positive impact on family and community life.
The deadly hurricane of 1928 claimed 2,500 lives, and the long-forgotten story of the casualties, as told in Black Cloud, continues to stir passion. Among the dead were 700 black Floridians - men, women, and children who were buried in an unmarked West Palm Beach ditch during a racist recovery and rebuilding effort that conscripted the labor of blacks much like latter-day slaves. Palm Beach Post reporter Eliot Kleinberg has penned this gripping tale from dozens of interviews with survivors, diary entries, accounts from newspapers, government documents, and reports from the National Weather Service and the Red Cross. Immortalized in Zora Neale Hurston's classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, thousands of poor blacks had nowhere to run when the waters of Lake Okeechobee rose. No one spoke for them, no one stood up for them, and no one could save them. With heroic tales of survival and loss, this book finally gives the dead the dignity they deserve. The new, updated edition of this important book is published by the Florida Historical Society Press.
|The Florida Adventures of Amos J. Cummings 1873-1893
Beginning in 1873, the mysterious adventurer "Ziska" wrote newspaper articles about the exciting frontier wilderness of Florida for his readers in New York City. Florida was largely untamed region with many colorful characters, while New York City was on the cutting edge of innovation with a subway, telephone service, and newspaper readers fascinated by Ziska's exploits in the wild "land of flowers."
For more than a century, Ziska's writings were forgotten and undisturbed in the New York Public Library. When eminent Florida archaeologist Jerald T. Milanich discovered the articles, he was determined to find out more about their mysterious author.
Ziska turns out to be the pen name of Civil War hero, journalist, Tammany boss, and U.S. Congressman Amos J. Cummings. In this book, Milanich reintroduces readers to the exciting stories of Cummings as he explores the young state of Florida.
Elizabeth's War by John and Mary Lou Missall is a work of fiction based on actual people and situations. At the end of the book, the authors separate fact from fiction and identify their sources. As writers and historians who specialize in the Seminole Wars, John and Mary Lou Missall are particularly qualified to engage in the educated supposition required to "in the blanks" the historical record. This book is a prequel to the Missall's book Hollow Victory: A Novel of the Second Seminole War, which is also published by FHS Press.
Florida Boy is the prequel to the award winning novel The Trouble With Panthers by William Culyer Hall. The Rawlerson family first settlesin south central Florida in the late nineteenth century. Pioneer life is very difficult but the family perseveres in this gripping story.
|Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine
Poetry from this collection has been published in anthologies and journals, read at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Annual Conference and Florida Literary Ar ts Coalition Conferences, recognized at the Florida Folk Festival, and recorded for the Florida State Historical Archives.
|In No Ways Tired: The NAACP's Struggle to Integrate the Duval County Public School System
Abel Bartley's new book In No Ways Tired is both the unique story of a particular Florida community's struggle with the integration of public schools, and a reflection of similar experiences throughout the South there desegregation "with all deliberate speed" took decades to achieve.
Presented in this volume is the first English translation of French historian Charles de La Roncière's Floride Française: Scénes de la Vie Indienne (1928): a fascinating narrative history of the first French settlements along with hand-colored reproductions of Dutch engraver Theodore de Bry's famous images of Indian life based on pictures by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues.
|Searching Sand and Surf
Archaeology as a discipline is well established in Florida, but that wasn.t always the case. Travel back to when archaeological sites were curiosities on the landscape and speculation as to their origins thrived. Searching Sand and Surf explores the roots of modern archaeology in the state, as seen through articles published in the Florida Historical Quarterly. Witness the evolution of contemporary archaeology in Florida and trace the development of the discipline through some of its most influential voices.
|Refections from Zora!
Established in 1887, the town of Eatonville, Florida, is the oldest incorporated African American municipality in the United States. Writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and .30s, claimed Eatonville as her hometown. Since 1990, the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.) has presented the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. This book features selected presentations made at the festival over the past quarter century, and other reflections from this important cultural event.
Weona Cleveland was a journalist for more than 30 years at the Melbourne Times and later Florida Today newspaper. Her articles about local history and culture earned her a dedicated audience of readers. In 2006, the Brevard County Commissioners named her Honorary County Historian. This book is a collection of some of Weona Cleveland's best articles about pioneer life in Brevard, Osceola, Orange and Indian River counties, including stories from Haulover Canal, Cape Canaveral, Bovine and Rockledge.
|Recovering Moments in Time: The Florida History Paintings of Jackson Walker
For more than two decades, artist Jackson Walker has created realistic paintings depicting scenes from Florida history. With painstaking attention to detail, the artist paints both expected and surprising scenes from Florida.s past. Always consulting with historians and other experts when approaching his work, Jackson Walker provides the viewer a unique glimpse into Florida.s past. This full-color 11. x 8.5. book is a wonderful representation of Jackson Walker.s important Florida paintings.
|Reparation - a novel
Racial injustices of the past catch up to the present in this exciting and suspenseful novel set in rural North Florida. As innocent four-year-olds in the late 1940s, Katie, who is white, and Delia, an African American girl, become best friends despite societal pressures against them. In 1960, when the girls are sixteen, Katie abandons her childhood friend when she is needed most. In 2006, Katie is working to earn Delia.s forgiveness as danger surrounds the women's reunion.
|Florida & Caribbean Native People Paintings by Theodore Morris
For more than ten thousand years before Christopher Columbus "discovered" the Americas and Juan Ponce de León gave La Florida its name, there were thriving, complex societies of indigenous people living here. The land that would become the state of Florida was home to powerful, innovative tribes including the Timucua, the Apalachee, the Tocobaga, the Calusa, the Ais, and later the Seminole. The fascinating Taíno people populated the Caribbean.
Theodore Morris is known as the preeminent painter of Florida's indigenous people, and he now adds Caribbean culture to his repertoire. His artwork graces the covers of academic books and fills the walls of historical museums and art galleries throughout the state. In this book, Florida & Caribbean Native People: Paintings by Theodore Morris, the artist's own commentary on his work is augmented by the insights of some of Florida's leading archaeologists including Steven H. Koski, Keith Ashley, Bonnie G. McEwan, Brent R. Weisman, Ryan J. Wheeler, Robert S. Carr, Ann S. Cordell, and James P. Pepe.
|The Voyages of Ponce de Leon
The voyages of Juan Ponce de León and his expeditions in Florida have long held a romantic and mythic place in American history. Speculation about his first landing in Florida, about the legend of the Fountain of Youth, and about Ponce de León.s reasons for setting sail to Florida have engaged chroniclers, historians, and even sailing masters for five centuries. In this volume, the Florida Historical Society has assembled articles by leading scholars who offer their perspectives on the voyages and trace changing views on Ponce de León as historians discover new information and reevaluate older works. This collection includes both new work and articles previously published in the FHS academic journal the Florida Historical Quarterly. The contributors include Eugene Lyon with Brandon Josef Szinável, J. Michael Francis, Jerald Milanich, Nara Milanich, T. Frederick Davis, Douglas T. Peck, and Amanda J. Snyder.
Lawton Chiles was one of the most inspirational and influential politicians to come from Florida. His unique campaign style and passion for improving people.s lives established a legacy that deserves recognition today. John Dos Passos Coggin conducted more than one hundred interviews with the friends, family, and co-workers of Lawton Chiles to create this definitive biography. Coggin.s insightful writing based on extensive research illuminates both the political career and personal life of the fascinating Lawton Chiles. The Florida Historical Society Press is proud to publish this important work.
|Canoeing and Camping on the Historic Suwanee River
This practical river guidebook includes useful tips from an experienced outdoorsman on canoeing, camping, and cooking upon the legendary Suwannee River. Informative sectional maps will assist paddlers in planning day trips or long excursions. Significant historical and cultural locations along the river are designated, and specific directions on how to visit such sites are provided. This useful paddler.s guide begins in the Okefenokee Swamp and concludes at the Gulf of Mexico.
|Life and Death at Windover
In 1982, a backhoe operator working at what would become the new Windover Farms housing development in Titusville, Florida, uncovered a human skull. The bones of several other individuals soon emerged from the peat bog. It would be determined that the human remains uncovered at Windover were between 7,000 and 8,000 years old, making them 3,200 years older than King Tutankhamen and 2,000 years older than the Great Pyramids of Egypt. This was just the beginning of an archaeological adventure that continues today.
|Calling Yankees to Florida: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Forgotten Tourist Articles
With the publication of her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe became the most famous writer in America. That book helped to fuel the raging debate over slavery in the United States. When Stowe met President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, he reportedly said "so you are the little woman who started this great war." Often overlooked is the fact that Harriet Beecher Stowe was also one of the first and greatest proponents of Florida as a popular tourist destination. In 1873, some of Stowe's descriptive and colorful "tourist articles" were published in the book Palmetto Leaves. This book, Calling Yankees to Florida: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Forgotten Tourist Articles contains fascinating vignettes of Florida life not included in Palmetto Leaves, with insightful commentary by John Foster Jr. and Sarah Whitmer Foster.
In January 2001, Rachel Wentz walked away from a career as a firefighter/paramedic in Orlando to pursue a PhD in anthropology, specializing in the analysis of human remains. Her studies at Florida State University focused on ancient skeletons from the Windover site, but took her into the darker world of forensics and beyond. Travel with Dr. Wentz to the famed museums of London, Paris, and Italy, the fragrant landscapes of Ukraine, the beautiful shores of the Caribbean, and back to Florida. This engaging and fast-paced memoir provides the reader a first-hand glimpse into the fascinating world of bioarchaeology, where skeletons hold the clues to past lives and the ancient civilizations from which they came.
|The Florida Slave
"In the writings of Stetson Kennedy, education and social action are constantly joined. Generations of human rights advocates have used Stetson's investigative reporting and research to improve the conditions of agricultural workers, women, Latinos, and many others. Stetson Kennedy's pursuit of honesty, social equality, and freedom was unparalleled. He told the stories of America's forgotten people."
|Florida's Freedom Struggle
Dr. Winsboro's latest effort brings into focus one of the most disturbing yet vital issues in Florida history. To get an idea of the breadth and dimension of the race problem in Florida's complex and long history, one needs only to read this collection of important essays and accompanying analysis by Dr. Winsboro. From this collection, the reader will find an amazing transformation in attitudes and academic research of this issue. For this wide and fresh perspective, we must give a hearty thanks to Dr. Winsboro and the Florida Historical Society Press.
|Hollow Victory: A Novel of the Second Seminole War
The year is 1835 and the Florida Territory is on the verge of a major war. President Andrew Jackson has ordered the Seminole Indians to abandon their homes and move to a reservation west of the Mississippi. Called into action is Col. William Wooster, a career officer who understands that removing the Seminoles will be a long and arduous task. Standing against the colonel is Kachi-Hadjo, a determined Seminole leader who wages a desperate seven-year conflict to remain on his native soil and protect his people’s way of life. Both men fight the merciless climate, growing frustrations, and each other, both hoping the next battle will yield something more than a hollow victory.
|Conservation In Florida: Its History and Heroes
Gary White has provided us with a fascinating general history of Florida's environmental movement from Bartram to Nat Reed. Part environmental, and part conservation history, this book is both interesting and informative. White lends a journalistic flair to his subject and the reader will be rewarded with a brisk, entertaining, and well-written history.
|The Trouble With Panthers
“The trouble with panthers is they can’t change. With the whole world changin round it, old panther got no choice but to go on bein a panther. It can’t reason like you and me -- can’t decide to earn its livin a little differently.”
Central Florida, November 2004. Upon hearing this admonition from his dying grandfather, young cowman, Bodie Rawlerson, doesn’t hesitate to promise the old man that he won’t be like the panther. Though he hates change, fears it more than anything else, he vows to do whatever necessary to carry on the family legacy of raising cattle on the land he so dearly loves. But unbeknownst to Bodie, forces are already in motion to render his promise impossible to keep. Within days of his grandfather’s passing, these forces of human (and inhuman) nature will convince him that nothing lasts forever, that change is life’s only certainty -- that time and chance do indeed rule us all.
|Florida's Frontier - The Way Hit Wuz
"The Way Hit Wuz" is a novel about Florida's history similiar to Patrick Smith's book "A Land Remembered". Recently reprinted 2010 with new cover.
This is intended to be a faithful reproduction of the original, with background information added as a Introduction and to accompany some of the sketches. Sawyer's expectation was that his drawings should eventually illustrate a manuscript which would describe the maritime history of Florida. In a small way it is hoped this book, in his memory and seventy-five years later, may that purpose.
Stetson Kennedy collected folklore and oral histories throughout Florida for the WPA between 1937 and 1942. The result was this classic Florida book, back in print for the first time in more than twenty years with an Afterword update and dozens of historic photographs never before published with this work. Alan Lomax said, "I doubt very much that a better book about Florida folklife will ever be written."
“I don't know of any book on my whole shelf that hits me any harder than Palmetto Country. It gives me a better trip and taste and look and feel for Florida than I got in the forty-seven states I've actually been in body and tramped in boot. If only, and if only, all our library books could say what [Kennedy does]—the jokes and songs and old ballads about voodoo and the hoodoo and the bigly winds down in your neck of the woodvine.”
Woody Guthrie Folk Musician and singer-songwriter, This Land is Your Land
|Deluna, Founder of North America's First Colony
An historical novel.
"Pensacola author John Appleyard based this dramatic historical novel upon the letters, journals, and other accounts of the effort to establish a Spanish colony at Ochuse, La Florida in 1559-61. This expedition to present-day Pensacola was the first attempted European settlement in North America."
|A Trip To Florida For Health and Sport
More than eighty years before Majorie Kinman Rawlings published The Yearling, Cyrus Parkhurst Condit wrote this coming-of-age novel about a teenage boy in Florida who learns to hunt, builds a fence, and takes a fawn as a pet. Undiscovered and unpublished until now, this engating story is historically significant as one of the first Florida novels ever written. Fascinating historical and literary context is provided by the editors.
|Guns Across The Loxahatchee
In this book the author recounts the story of the 42-year struggle (1817-1858) for control of Florida between the U.S. armed forces (both regulars and volunteers) and Red and Black Seminole warriors. Of the three wars fought during this conflict the longest and bloodiest was the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), in which a crucial series of pitched battles culminated in the Battle of Loxahatchee, January 24, 1838
|Overhead The Sun
Overhead The Sun, a gripping historical novel about race relations in Florida during the late Nineteenth Century. Written by the late John Ashworth, Overhead The Sun is based on the tragic story of Rosewood, a small Florida community of African-Americans that was destroyed by a mob of whites in 1923. The central character in Overhead The Sun is Julia Clayton, a young woman striving mightily to achieve emotional and intellectual independence. Her husband, Tom Clayton, works for Arthur Wilkins (who is based on the real life person of Henry Flagler) who seeks to extend his hotel and railroad empire across the Sunshine State. Neglected and verbally abused, Julia Clayton takes a heretical economics professor, Thorstein Brach, as her lover. The intrigues and conflicts of personality that mark these tortured relationships light up the pages of Overhead The Sun.
|Florida's Civil War: Explorations into Conflict, Interpretations and Memory
Welcome to Florida Historical Society Press’ initial volume in its newly created Gold Seal series. This is the first of what will eventually be a multi-volume series of specialized books that deal with narrowly focused issues in Florida history.
|River Road Stories
River Road Stories is a little masterpiece of story telling. Mary Eschbach, a Rockledge resident, captures life along the Indian River as only a resident can. What a wonderful way to celebrate a way of life that has passed us all by!
Patrick Smith, author of A Land Remembered
There are some authors and some books that you start to read with interest and finish with envy. River Road Stories is such a book. Packed in a few pages, Stories manages to describe in great detail the daily humdrum and occasional excitement of a young girl's life along the Indian River Lagoon. At the same time, River Road Stories is a song of praise for a lifestyle that is largely gone, but which exists forever in the mind of the author. Once you read River Road Stories, you'll become part of the past.
Nick Wynne, PhD, The Florida Historical Society
|Florida's Big Dig: The Atlantic Intracoastal WaterwayThis book is the story of people of vision and courage, of a small group of prominent Saint Augustine investors who conceived of the Florida waterway and began the first dredging work; of an obscure group of New England capitalists who provided significant financing and obtained a million acres of undeveloped Florida public land in pursuing what was, at best, a speculative enterprise; of innumerable citizen groups like the Florida east coast chamber associations and the larger Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association that demanded at the turn of the last century what they believed was the peoples right-a public waterway, free of the burden of tolls; and finally, of the U>S> Army Corps of Engineers, who conducted all of the Florida waterway's early surveys and assumed the project's control in 1929 to convert what was once a private toll way into Florida's modern-day, toll-free Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.|
|Then Sings My Soul: The Scott Kelly Story
2008 CHARLTON TEBEAU BOOK AWARD WINNER
“In this exciting book—part political history, part travelogue—Dorothy Smiljanich sheds light on 1960s Florida with her vivid portrayal of one of Florida’s most colorful political figures, Scott Kelly. Mayor of Lakeland at 28 and legislative power broker in his 30s, Kelly strode a wide path in the swirling political cauldron of 1960s Florida. Kelly twice came within an eyelash of being governor. This vivid portrayal of Kelly’s life begins in the Old Florida of tobacco and turpentine, and concludes with the New Florida of huge housing developments and super expressways, a Florida Kelly helped create.”
|High Above the Hippodrome
Rudy longs to be an aerialist, but Shorty wants him to follow in his own clown footsteps. When Rudy learns the truth behind his objections, he has hard choices to make. Will he follow his father's path, or will he risk his anger and its repercussions to make his dream a reality?
Fans of the award-winning novels, Tasso of Tarpon Springs and Panther Girl welcome High Above The Hippodrome, a captivating behind-the-scenes story of circus life on the road with The Ringling and Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1927.
|Finest Kind: A Celebration of a Florida Fishing Village
The story of a real Florida fishing village.
|Pioneer Commercial Photography The Burgert Brothers, Tampa Florida
The firm of S. P. Burgert and Son was one of the most prolific photographers of the period and their images recorded the evolution of Tampa Bay from a small village on Florida's west coast to a dynamic city that epitomized the tremendous growth that marked Twentieth Century Florida. From it founding in 1899 until the mid-1950s, the Burgerts took thousands of images of the best and worst of the city.
|Florida Tales: Historical Advantures for Young Floridians
The short stories of Carolyn Teicher Potts.
|The Volusian: Horatio S. Dexter
The activities of Horatio S. Dexter as a frontier diplomat plant, and Indian trader are well-documented in the historical archives. However, a study of his life through these various documents reveals a contrast of opinion as to his motives, his business acumen and his sensitivity to the Indians of Florida.
|Phillip's Great Adventures: Spies, Root Beer and Alligators
Adam was on his bike headed toward the beach in Boca Raton, Florida to look for treasures washed up by the waves. Instead he bumped into Phillip, a man who enchanted him with tales of adventures growing up on the same beach during World War II. Adam found his treasure it was Phillip's friendship and amazing hair-raising adventures of life in the small town of Boca Raton during the war years.
|Faces On The Frontier: Florida Surveyors and Developers in the 19th Century
Joe Knetsch has successfully captured the problems and triumphs of early surveyors in Florida as they battled hostile Native Americans, disease, weather and political pressures to "lay out" the Florida Peninsula for settlement. Without these intrepid pioneers of the 19th Century, the Sunshine State would still be a daunting wilderness of swamps and jungles.
|The St. Johns From The Marshlands To The Atlantic
The authors are not historians or experts of any kind but they have traversed the waters of the river by air boat from the flood-plain and marshes southwest of Fellsmere which mark its beginning, and later by larger vessel to the point where its waters join one of the great oceans of the world. We have endeaved to show the river as we saw it and to provide accurate descriptions and information.
|Weird Florida II; In A State of Shock
Cows in the Intracoastal Waterway? A bloodsucking night creature on the loose in Miami? The Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich? Nationally known talk show host high on drugs? The mayor of one small town who banned Satan? The mayor of another small town who campaigned on a platform of "hot loins?" Yep! All this and more too! It's all in Eliot Kleinberg's Weird Florida II; In A State of Shock.
|Crossing Divison Street - An Oral History of the African-American Community in Orlando
This book includes an overview of the people, institutions, and events that shaped the establishment, growth and history of the African-American community in Orlando. We examine the creation of the neighborhood's educational centers, places of worship, and businesses, and the irony of how desegregation inadvertently led to the decline of the community. Significant instances of racial unrest in Orlando that are often overlooked are detailed in this manuscript.
|A Bosnian Diary - A Floridian's Experience In Nation Building
William Potter served as an International election supervisor in Bosnia-Herzegovina and as the Air Force legel advisor to the Office of the High Representative and government of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In addition, he served as the Head of the Rule of Law Department in the administration of the High Representative Paddy Ashdown.
|A Historic Sampler of Tallahassee and Leon County
This book provides a look into the history of Leon County and its biggest city.
|Southern Cooking A Man's Domain
Although he provides some great recipes in this book, he admonishes all cooks to use them as basic guide-lines and adapt them to taste.
|Confessions of a Night Librarian and Other Embarrassments
Ron McFarland's recollections of growing up in Brevard County in the 1950's and early 1960's provide excellent fodder for his wicked sense of humor and his somewhat warped "take on life."
|War in Paradise
Re-print, Stories of World War II in Florida by Eliot Kleinburg.
|Memoir on the Geography, and Natural and Civil History of Florida
A book by William Darby.
|Guardian Angel 911
Not unlike all our lives this book is a series of stories, separate but interconnected. They are all true with the exception of some literary license where details were lost in the telling and retelling. Guardian Angel 911 will provide an insight to the sojourn of a native, born in the isolated hammocks and swamps of the real Florida, before the population exploded in the third quarter of the twentieth century. - J.T. Glisson
|Florida Historical Society 1856-2004
A history of the Florida History Society by Dr. Jerrell Shofner.
|The Life and Legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune
"This book is easy and interesting reading. It presents the “Life and Legacy” of the late Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune holistically and concludes with testimonies from living witnesses. The author narrates Dr. Bethune’s early years and documents how developments in those years influenced her later accomplishments. Permeating Dr. Bethune’s spectacular career is a philosophy based on deep religious convictions and held that “work was honorable, no matter how menial the task."
|Jacob Summerlin: King of the Crackers
In this biography, Drs. Joe and Mark Akerman manage to capture the essence of Jake Summerlin's life and the broader scope of Florida history.
Canaveral Light is an explosive novel about the struggle of early Florida pioneers to live in harmony with the land and its native people. Winner of the Patrick Smith book award from the Florida Historical Society.
|Florida at War
This book is a collection of essays on different aspects of Florida's important role in WWII.
|Brevard County History to 1955
Brevard County History to 1955 by John M. Eriksen.
|Joseph Mills White Anti-Jacksonian Floridian
Joseph Mills White, Anti-Jacksonian Floridian by Ernest Dibble.
|Henry Plant - Pioneer Empire Builder
“This is a must read for every railroad buff. It adds to the literature on Henry Bradley Plant and the machinations of late 19th century transportation barons. Plant led an interesting life—as a Confederate and a Yankee—juggling the demands for business success with an ever-changing political milieu. Plant’s achievements rivaled those of Henry Flagler in making modern Florida.” - Nick Wynne, The Florida Historical Society
|Florida Decades, A Sesquicentennial History 1845-1995
Florida Decades by James J. Horgan & Lewis N. Wynne.
|Ciudad De Cigars: West Tampa
Ciudad De Cigars: West Tampa by Armando Mendez.
"Ciudad De Cigars" is out of print.
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