In Memory of Judith Knight

With sadness, we announce the passing of our editor-at-large Judith Knight. Since 2013, Knight acquired books for the Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series, a series devoted to the archaeological and historical study of the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. In 2016, Knight received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southeastern … Continue reading In Memory of Judith Knight

A Look at Operation Pedro Pan 60 Years Later

By Deborah Shnookal, author of Operation Pedro Pan and the Exodus of Cuba's Children Despite the opening to Cuba initiated by President Obama in 2014, U.S.-Cuba relations still seem stuck in a time warp, and the airlift of 14,000 Cuban children to Miami that began almost sixty years ago remains a touchstone in this historically … Continue reading A Look at Operation Pedro Pan 60 Years Later

Operation Pedro Pan and the Exodus of Cuba’s Children

“The most complete, balanced, and best-researched book on Operation Pedro Pan. Engaging and beautifully written.”—Felix Masud-Piloto, author of From Welcomed Exiles to Illegal Immigrants: Cuban Migration to the U.S., 1959–1995 “A fascinating, complex story. Shnookal has researched extremely widely, in the United States and Cuba alike, talking to protagonists in both countries. The thorny issue of … Continue reading Operation Pedro Pan and the Exodus of Cuba’s Children

Recipe: Elderberry Jam from Florida’s Edible Wild Plants

In Florida's Edible Wild Plants, Peggy Lantz demystifies the process of foraging to help you discover the wonder of finding and eating wild plants that grow right in your backyard. Below is a recipe for elderberry jam from the book. If you have an elderberry shrub nearby, you may want to give this a try! This book is available at a … Continue reading Recipe: Elderberry Jam from Florida’s Edible Wild Plants

World Hydrography Day, the U.S. Coast Survey, and “Robert J. Walker”

By Stephen D. Nagiewicz, coauthor of "Robert J. Walker": The History and Archaeology of a U.S. Coast Survey Steamship This book is available at a discount price and free shipping as part of our SAA virtual booth. Order here and use code SAA20, valid through June 30.   Thomas Jefferson was one of our nation’s … Continue reading World Hydrography Day, the U.S. Coast Survey, and “Robert J. Walker”

Black History of Florida: A Reading List

Explore centuries of freedom struggles, political development, community histories, and cultural achievements in this list of our books on the African American heritage of Florida. Including the eras of slavery, segregation, and civil rights, these books delve into both pivotal moments and daily life from throughout the black history of the state. Africa in Florida: … Continue reading Black History of Florida: A Reading List

Police Brutality and the Exile of Black Panther Pete O’Neal

By Paul J. Magnarella, author of Black Panther in Exile: The Pete O’Neal Story “We want an immediate end to POLICE BRUTALITY and MURDER of Black people.” This demand did not follow the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020. Rather it preceded that horrific event by over 50 years; it … Continue reading Police Brutality and the Exile of Black Panther Pete O’Neal

Excerpt from This Day in Florida History

Published in connection with University Press of Florida's 75th anniversary, This Day in Florida History is a 365-day tour through five centuries of Florida history. Featuring one entry per day of the year, this book is an enlightening collection of moments that illustrate the depth and complexity of the state's past. You can read the … Continue reading Excerpt from This Day in Florida History

Staging Discomfort

“This volume not only creates a corpus of works staged by some of contemporary Cuba’s most innovative and challenging theater practitioners, but also shows how theatrical performance can create experiences and ephemeral communities that allow audience members to imagine ‘queer,’ alternative understandings of Cuban identity.”—Camilla Stevens, author of Family and Identity in Contemporary Cuban and Puerto … Continue reading Staging Discomfort

Images from Tossed to the Wind

Tossed to the Wind: Stories of Hurricane Maria Survivors By María T. Padilla and Nancy Rosado This book is currently available at a discount price and free shipping. Order here and use code UPF75, valid through June 30. From author María T. Padilla: In October 2017, a month after Maria ripped through Puerto Rico as … Continue reading Images from Tossed to the Wind