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Florida and World War II

Event Date:

March 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Cedar Key Community Center
6th and F Street
Cedar Key, FL 32625


Amy Gernhardt
(352) 543-5549

Program Description:

“On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. Today, Florida is a Sunbelt Megastate, the third largest state in America. World War II is the linchpin between that underdeveloped and sparsely settled place and s state now populated by 21 million inhabitants. The war ended the Great Depression, brought two million servicemen and women to Florida, and set the stage for the new Florida dream that followed. The war touched the most remote settlements in Florida.” Florida Dreams, Gary Mormino

Gary Mormino is the Frank E. Duckwall Florida Professor of History Emeritus at USF St. Petersburg. He is a frequent contributor to the Tampa Bay Times and has written several books, including “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida” and was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing by the Florida Humanities Council. If you aren’t a historian but need someone to put an event into an interesting Florida perspective, ask Gary. Everyone does, including reporters from the New York Times, the New Yorker and National Public Radio.