Florida in the Civil War? Believe it!

Presented By Eliot Kleinberg

America’s now in the 150th anniversary “window” (1861-1865; 2011-2015) and while Florida might be the most “northern” southern state now, it was the third to secede, and played a much more strategic role than most history books let on. Learn about Florida’s role in the blockade, its critical battles, the tragedy of its governor, and the veterans who founded many Florida cities, and how some people are still fighting the war. And why the war is the reason Florida has 18 million people!

Eliot Kleinberg, born in South Florida, has spent nearly four decades as a reporter, including more than a quarter-century at The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach.

In addition to covering local news, he also writes extensively about Florida and Florida history.

He has written 10 books, all focusing on Florida, including “Black Cloud”, on the great 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane; two “Weird Florida” books, and “Palm Beach Past” and “Wicked Palm Beach”, both of them collections of items from “Post Time,” his weekly local history column in the Post. His tenth, Peace River, is historical novel based at the end of the Civil War.

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