Brief essays profile over 50 African Americans during four centuries of Florida history. Traces the role African Americans played in the discovery, exploration, and settlements of Florida, through the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement. For classroom use: one free teacher's manual with the purchase of three books.
This teachers' manual is meant to accompany the text entitled African Americans in Florida. The manual includes, for each chapter, (1) the key terms that are bold-faced in the text and defined in the glossary, (2) research questions for possible further work, (3) discussion topics for the classroom, and (4) a project geared to the particular chapter. The text is based on the recommendations put forth by the Study Commission on African American History in Florida, which was established by the Florida Legislature in 1990. The book integrates suggestions made by this and other educational commissions, by, for example, placing an emphasis on the role that history and geography have played in the story of African Americans of Florida. Teachers might want to use the text as a supplemental resource, not only in Black History Month, but throughout the school year.
African Americans have risen from the slave plantations of nineteenth-century Florida to become the heads of corporations and members of congress in the twenty-first century. THey have played an important role in making Florida the successful state it is today. This book takes you on a tour through the 67 counties, of the sites that commemorate the role of African Americans in Florida's history.
From the use of Florida as a center for the smuggling of slaves and the massacre in the town of Rosewood to the founding of the country's first free community if ex-slaves and the Civil Rights demonstrations in Tampa and Tallahassee, the history of African Americans in Florida has mirrored their history across the U.S.-painful and triumphant. This city-by-city guide introduces the reader to churches, schools, homes and other significant sites in more than 70 different towns across Florida, providing information on their historical importance, present condition, and availability for visiting. Included are the memorial to a slave shipwrecked in 1701 off the coast of Key West and locations associated with famous personalities like Ray Charles (st. Augustine and Greenville), the author Zora Neale Hurston (Eatonville and Fort Pierce), Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr., the nations first black four-star general (Pensacola), and the Civil Rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune (Daytona Beach). Highlighting over 450 years of contributions by African Americans to the rich culture of Florida, this volume is an excellent resource for visitors to Florida, as well as its residents.
African American college students by Betty Stewart-Dowdell
"This is the story of African Americans at UF with a chapter on African Americans in Florida and one on Gainesville. It deals with the discrimination toward African Americans as well as their many achievements and distinctions at the University of Florida. With many photographs throughout the book, this is the first treatment of a fascinating subject."--Page 4 of cover.
Documenting the lives of African-American citizens in the days of slavery through the difficult and often violent Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras to the increasing tolerance of the last century, Jackson County, Florida tells the singular story of this proud community's struggles and successes.
African Americans originally came to Tarpon Springs in the mid-1880s to work in the lumber mills. In the 1890s, a number of sponge divers arrived from the Bahamas and Key West to harvest and prepare the wealth of sponges found in the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Anclote River. Devoutly religious, these pioneers founded the African American Episcopal Church in 1887 and the Baptist Church in 1892. Union Academy School, the first African-American school in Tarpon Springs, was established in the early 1900s. The dedicated work ethic of early African-American settlers continues today. Many of their descendants serve as educators, politicians, and ministers.
Africans participated in all the Spanish explorations and settlements in Florida, as they did throughout the Spanish Americas. In Florida they helped establish St. Augustine and the free black community of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose. Africans and African Americans fought in the many conflicts that wracked Florida, including the three Seminole Wars and the Civil War. Despite the oppressions of slavery and segregation, black Floridians struggled to establish their own communities, combat racism and economic deprivation, and negotiate the terms of their labor. Against overwhelming odds, they helped develop communities like Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami, and they served as the critical labor force for the state's citrus, agricultural, and timber industries. For centuries, however, their heritage has been ignored. These twelve essays examine the rich and substantial African American heritage of Florida, documenting African American contributions to the state's history from the colonial era to the late twentieth century.
A vivid recollection of a groundbreaking beach community "This book is both distinctive and valuable as one of the relatively few books on African Americans in Florida and as one of the even smaller number of publications treating the subject of well-to-do blacks."--Choice "An insider's account, which is remarkably candid about the strengths and weaknesses, triumphs and pitfalls, of the community."--Southern Quarterly "This is a lively story of a place marked by community, sociability and food, where generations of families found an oasis from racism."--Publishers Weekly "The vivid, personal story of American Beach, a coastal community on Amelia Island in northeastern Florida . . . blends oral history with never-before-collected documents dating back to the turn of the century, including photographs, historical records, and even recipes for such local favorites as Daddy Charlie's Jamaican Con Pollo."--Preservation "More than a study of African American recreation, the book provides insight into the self-sufficient African American communities that were commonplace in the days of Jim Crow and their ultimate decline after desegregation."--Alabama Review "Marsha Dean Phelts uses facts, photographs, profiles, memories and recipes to tell a story as intimate as the epics we enjoy over pie and coffee. It's less a book about racial discrimination than it is a story of the consequences for the people of a particular community and their triumph over confinement."--Tampa Tribune Marsha Dean Phelts draws together personal interviews, photos, newspaper articles, memoirs, maps, and official documents to reconstruct the character and traditions of Amelia Island's 200-acre African American community. Phelts invokes colorful firsthand accounts and "old-timer" stories, and paints what is ultimately a personal and intimate portrait of a community rich in heritage and culture.
Black America: Orlando illuminates the lives and accomplishments of African Americans in one of Central Florida's largest cities. Images from the late 1800s to the mid-1980s depict schools, churches, businesses, housing developments, prominent homes, celebrations, and significant personalities in Orlando's black community. This volume guides readers through more than 150 years of remarkable history.
African Americans of Sanford have served in the building of this great nation since their participation in the three Seminole Wars. They were a large part of the labor force that earned Sanford the distinction of "Celery Capital of the World." The residents of Sanford and its surrounding communities of Goldsboro, Georgetown, Bookertown, and Midway/Canaan work tirelessly to nurture and protect their families. Their stories are a vital ingredient in Sanford's folklife performance, "Celery Soup." Crooms Academy gave service to African Americans in the area from its founding in 1926 until integration in the late 1960s and was the central force in connecting local communities. Its graduates have entered education, law, medicine, politics, engineering, entertainment, and other specialized areas. African Americans of Sanford recognizes and applauds those who have helped to preserve Sanford's history as well as those who have participated in making it.
South Florida journalist and oral historian Kitty Oliver has compiled the stories of residents of Hollywood, Florida,spanning 75 years of racial and ethnic change. These candid accounts come from whites, African Americans, Cubans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Bahamians and Jamaicans, Hatians, Chinese and South Americans. Illustrated with photographs from local archives, historical societies and family albums, this volume addresses the issue of race in a single town.
A ground-breaking study revealing the magnitude and impact of African American leadership in Florida during the post-Civil War era. This work also includes an extensive biographical directory of more than 600 officeholders, an appendix of officials by political subdivision, and more.
I know Florida. I was born in Florida during the reign of Jim Crow and have lived to see black astronauts blasted into the heavens from Cape Canaveral. For three quarters of a century I have lived mostly in Florida. I have seen her flowers and her warts. This book is about both. People of African descent have been in Florida from the arrival of Ponce de Leon in 1513, yet our presence in the state is virtually hidden. A casual glance at most Florida history books depict African Americans primarily as laborers who are shown as backdrops to white history. The history of blacks in Florida has been deliberately distorted, omitted and marginalized. We have been denied our heroes and heroines. Our stories have mainly been left untold. This book lifts the veil from some of these stories and places African Americans in the very marrow of Florida history.
Briefly describes the lives and contributions of more than fifty notable African-Americans in Florida, from 1528 to the present, in such fields as education, politics, journalism, sports, music, and religion.