The Way We Worked – Labor and Florida History

Presented By Steve Noll

Florida has always been about more than fun in the sun and tourists on the beach.  This presentation examines the ways Floridians worked throughout the state’s history, focusing on labor in the 19th and 20th centuries.  It looks at how the nature of work has changed (and not changed) as Florida has become one of the nation’s most important states.

Dr. Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida. He received his PhD from there in 1991. He taught special education in the public schools of Alachua County for 28 years before moving over full-time to UF in 2004. He has written extensively on two widely disparate topics- Florida history & the environment and disability history. In 2009, he published the award winning Ditch of Dreams, about the ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal and is currently working on two books- one on the disability rights movement of the 1970s, and the other on Florida environmental policy and the politics of removing the Rodman Dam on the Ocklawaha River.

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