Although both the Florida Historical Society and the Florida Anthropological Society meetings have been canceled, our books are still available in our Florida History and Anthropology Book Sale. We are offering extra deep discount prices and free shipping on all orders with code FHS20 through June 30, 2020. Browse all books here. Need to know what’s new this year? View highlights below.


This Day in Florida History
by Andrew K. Frank, J. Hendry Miller, and Tarah Luke

Featuring one entry per day of the year, this book is a fun and enlightening collection of moments from Florida history. Good and bad, famous and little-known, historical and contemporary, these events reveal the depth and complexity of the state’s past.



The Governors of Florida
Edited by R. Boyd Murphree and Robert A. Taylor

An unparalleled two-hundred-year history of Florida’s highest office, this volume provides the first in-depth examination of all of Florida’s chief executives from the acquisition of Spanish Florida by the United States and the appointment of Andrew Jackson as the territory’s first governor in 1821 to the end of Rick Scott’s tenure in 2019.


From Saloons to Steak Houses: A History of Tampa
Andrew T. Huse

Huse draws from local newspaper stories and firsthand accounts to show what authorities and city residents saw and believed about these establishments and the people who frequented them. This unique take on Tampa history reveals a spirited city at work and play, an important cultural hub that continues to both celebrate and come to terms with its many legacies.



The Last Resort: Jewish South Beach, 1977–1986
Gary Monroe

Before the high rises, the nightlife, and the fashion scene, Miami’s South Beach was a retirement haven for American Jews. In The Last Resort, photographer Gary Monroe presents a collection of images that preserve his observations of this vanished time.


Yamato Colony: The Pioneers Who Brought Japan to Florida
Ryusuke Kawai, translated by John Gregersen and Reiko Nishioka

Opening a window onto the little-known Japanese-American heritage of Florida, Yamato Colony is the true tale of a daring immigrant venture that left behind an important legacy. Ryusuke Kawai tells how a Japanese farming settlement came to be in south Florida, far from other Japanese communities in the United States.


The Public Health Nurses of Jim Crow Florida
Christine Ardalan

Highlighting the long unacknowledged role of a group of pioneering professional women, The Public Health Nurses of Jim Crow Florida tells the story of healthcare workers who battled racism in a state where white supremacy formed the bedrock of society. They aimed to serve those people out of reach of modern medical care.



Deadly Virtue: Fort Caroline and the Early Protestant Roots of American Whiteness
Heather Martel

In Deadly Virtue, Heather Martel argues that the French Protestant attempt to colonize Florida in the 1560s significantly shaped the developing concept of race in sixteenth-century America. Telling the story of the short-lived French settlement of Fort Caroline in what is now Jacksonville, Florida, Martel reveals how race, gender, sexuality, and Christian morality intersected to form the foundations of modern understandings of whiteness.


How the New Deal Built Florida Tourism: The Civilian Conservation Corps and State Parks
David J. Nelson

Countering the conventional narrative that Florida’s tourism industry suffered during the Great Depression, this book shows that the 1930s were, in reality, the starting point for much that characterizes modern Florida’s tourism. David Nelson argues that state and federal government programs designed to reboot the economy during this decade are crucial to understanding the state today.



The Letters of George Long Brown: A Yankee Merchant on Florida’s Antebellum Frontier
Edited by James M. Denham and Keith L. Huneycutt

The Letters of George Long Brown provides an important eyewitness view of north Florida’s transformation from a subsistence and herding community to a market economy based on cotton, timber, and other crops, showing that these changes came about in part due to an increased reliance on slavery. Brown’s letters offer the first social and economic history of one of the most important yet little-known frontiers in the antebellum South.


Florida and the 2016 Election of Donald J. Trump

Edited by Matthew T. Corrigan and Michael Binder

Showing how “chaos candidate” Donald Trump scored critical victories in Florida in an election cycle that defied conventional political wisdom, this volume offers surprising insights into the 2016 Republican primary and presidential election.



10222019133555_500x500Latino Orlando: Suburban Transformation and Racial Conflict
Simone Delerme

Latino Orlando portrays the experiences of first- and second-generation immigrants who have come to the Orlando metropolitan area from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries. While much research on immigration focuses on urban destinations, Simone Delerme delves into a middle- and upper-class suburban context, highlighting the profound demographic and cultural transformation of an overlooked immigrant hub.


New Directions in the Search for the First Floridians

Edited by David K. Thulman and Ervan G. Garrison

Presenting the most current research and thinking on prehistoric archaeology in the Southeast, this volume reexamines some of Florida’s most important Paleoindian sites and discusses emerging technologies and methods that are necessary knowledge for archaeologists working in the region today.


01152019152448_500x500-1Iconography and Wetsite Archaeology of Florida’s Watery Realms
Edited by Ryan Wheeler and Joanna Ostapkowicz

Beginning with Frank Hamilton Cushing’s famous excavations at Key Marco in 1896, a large and diverse collection of animal carvings, dugout canoes, and other wooden objects has been uncovered from Florida’s watery landscapes. Iconography and Wetsite Archaeology of Florida’s Watery Realms explores new discoveries and reexamines existing artifacts to reveal the influential role of water in the daily lives of Florida’s early inhabitants.

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