Florida Historical Society 2018

We brought some of our new and bestselling Florida history books with us to Sarasota last weekend for the Florida Historical Society annual conference. We were especially excited to display John Capouya's new book, Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band, winner of the Florida Historical Society's Charlton Tebeau Award this year. … Continue reading Florida Historical Society 2018

The President as American “Consumer-in-Chief”

Written by Mark H. Rose and Roger Biles, editors of The President and American Capitalism since 1945.   On September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda terrorists flew hijacked commercial jets into the Pentagon and World Trade Center towers. Approximately 3,000 Americans perished in that day’s attacks. Only weeks later, on September 27, President George W. Bush spoke … Continue reading The President as American “Consumer-in-Chief”

Queering the Redneck Riviera

“A fascinating look at queer life in the Florida Panhandle. A welcome addition to the scholarship on the queer past, queer geography, and Florida history.”—Stacy Braukman, author of Communists and Perverts under the Palms: The Johns Committee in Florida, 1956–1965   “Watkins shows that the queer culture that emerged on Florida’s ‘Redneck Riviera’ was unique—a fierce … Continue reading Queering the Redneck Riviera

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Legacy of Selma Today

Written by Joe Street and Henry Knight Lozano, coeditors of The Shadow of Selma   The Trump presidency seems to have reignited popular protest in numerous ways—sometimes troubling, sometimes inspiring. We need only look to the women’s marches, the furor over the travel ban, the militant response to fascists openly marching in Charlottesville, and the … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. and the Legacy of Selma Today

The Historic Discovery of Martin Luther King Jr.’s First “I Have a Dream” Speech

Written by W. Jason Miller, author of Origins of the Dream: Hughes’s Poetry and King’s Rhetoric Holding History Rather than looking through the glass at the past, have you ever held history in your hands? After eight years of research, I found a long-lost reel-to-reel audio tape of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s first ever “I … Continue reading The Historic Discovery of Martin Luther King Jr.’s First “I Have a Dream” Speech

New Edition: Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley

Florida Historical Society Charlton Tebeau Award   "A fascinating look at an extraordinary woman and the complexities of slavery beyond the common image of slavery in the South."—Booklist "Remarkable. . . . Put[s] a voice and face to slavery in Florida during Spanish and American rule."—American Historical Review "An absorbing account of Anna Madgigine Jai … Continue reading New Edition: Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley

The Shadow of Selma

“Deftly interrogates the past, present, and future of race and justice in the United States through the lens of the Selma campaign’s various meanings and legacies.”—John A. Kirk, author of Redefining the Color Line: Black Activism in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1940–1970   The Shadow of Selma provides a comprehensive assessment of the 1965 civil rights campaign, the … Continue reading The Shadow of Selma