Florida Talks: Presidents in Florida

George Washington had nothing but trouble in Florida. Thomas Jefferson tried to steal it. Abraham Lincoln hoped it would win him re-election. Three men came to Florida to fight and ended up in the White House. Franklin Roosevelt was nearly assassinated before he could be inaugurated and quick thinking by a Secret Service agent saved John Kennedy’s life in Florida. Learn about America’s presidents’ strange relationship with our state. This

Florida Talks: Hometown Teams: Florida Sports History

The history of sports in Florida in the content of racial and gender issues, the influence of big business, and personal identities Floridians have with their local teams. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and

Florida Water Stories

Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, where he received his Ph.D. in 1991. For this talk, Steve Noll will discuss Florida’s long and difficult relationship with water, its attempts to turn land into water and water into land, and the contentious issues involving the Everglades, the Ocklawaha River, political battles with Alabama and Georgia, and the potential impact of sea-level rise.

Protecting the Home Front: Women in Civil Defense in the Early Cold War

So-called traditional roles for women in the 1950s as housewives and mothers have been well documented. Yet millions of women took advantage of the opportunity to expand their roles by either being employed by or volunteering for civil defense agencies and organizations. The Federal Civil Defense Administration set its goal as having women constitute up to 70 percent of the national civil program, and women responded. Women held management and

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