Congratulations to UPF authors Daniel L. Schafer, Nathaniel Millett, and Robert Cassanello! Their new books will receive a total of four awards during the annual meeting of the Florida Historical Society in May.


The Charlton Tebeau Award for a general-interest book on a Florida history topic


the Stetson Kennedy Award for a book which casts light on historic Florida events in a manner which is supportive of human rights, traditional cultures, or the natural environment:

Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. and the Atlantic World: Slave Trader, Plantation Owner, Emancipator

by Daniel L. Schafer

This is a penetrating biography of a controversial figure who advocated just and humane treatment of slaves, liberal emancipation policies, and granting rights to free persons of color—yet his fortune came from the purchase, sale, and labor of enslaved Africans. Zephaniah Kingsley’s unique life is revealed in this fascinating reminder of the deep connections between Europe, the Caribbean, and the young United States.


The Rembert W. Patrick Award for a a scholarly book on a Florida history topic:

The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World

by Nathaniel Millett

During the War of 1812, ex-slaves, Red Sticks, and Seminoles fought alongside the British in a fort at Prospect Bluff in the Florida panhandle. This so-called Negro Fort became the largest maroon community ever to emerge in North America. Nathaniel Millett examines how the Prospect Bluff maroons constructed their freedom, taking a rare opportunity to examine black consciousness during the era of slavery.


The Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award for an outstanding book or monograph relating to Florida’s ethnic groups, or dealing with a significant social issue from a historical perspective:

To Render Invisible: Jim Crow and Public Life in New South Jacksonville

by Robert Cassanello

Rough-and-tumble nineteenth-century Jacksonville serves as a springboard to this exploration of social transformation in Florida and the South. This book looks at the tumultuous emergence of the African American working class in Jacksonville between Reconstruction and the 1920s. Robert Cassanello shows why Jacksonville, like other cities throughout the South, continues to struggle with its contentious racial past.


Want to meet the authors? Join us at the annual meeting of the Florida Historical Society in Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 22-24! The awards will be presented at a special luncheon on Thursday, May 22. Visit our table to browse these books along with other new and classic UPF titles. Register for the meeting here.

We hope to see you at the meeting!

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