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The New History of Florida (Florida Sesquicentennial) Hardcover – January 28, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0813014159 ISBN-10: 0813014158 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Florida Sesquicentennial
  • Hardcover: 492 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (January 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813014158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813014159
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A first-rate history of the state.... Undoubtedly will become the standard reference on Florida for the next quarter century."

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“A major new history of Florida.”—Miami Herald

“A jewel, a readable narrative of Florida’s history.”—Tallahassee Democrat

“Undoubtedly will become the standard reference on Florida for the next quarter century.”—Orlando Sentinel

 “The reading is as interesting as it is informative.”—Naples Daily News

“A welcome addition to the understanding of the Land of Flowers, from Spain to Spaceport and beyond.”—Pensacola News Journal

“Florida is as much a state of mind as it is a slice of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. . . . Florida could become a place of civic texture if we understand its past. Professor Gannon’s book is a good place to begin.”—St. Petersburg Times

“Incorporates much of the new scholarship that has appeared over the last twenty or so years, much of the best of it exploring the lives of African-Americans, Indians, and Florida’s common white folk. . . . For those interested in seeking out the multifaceted aspects of their native or adopted state, this is the place to start.”—Tampa Tribune

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is the best book ever on the history of Florida!
J Godwin
As I told my wife yesterday, I never thought I would be reading a history book for pleasure but since I bought this great book, I cannot put it down.
Donald N. Hilton
The book puts Florida history in chronological order with seamless transitions to each new chapter.
Manatee Reader

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1996
Format: Hardcover
The New History of Florida is the first full-length history of the Sunshine State in over twenty years. Micheal Gannon, professor of history at the University of Florida, assembled the very best historians working in Florida's past, and each has contributed a chapter on his or her speciality. Perhaps because these historians have worked together in an out of academia for years, there is an consistancy of tone usually not found in a collaborative effort. But this is no textbook history -- rather, each chapter sparkles with insights into Florida's past, from the paleoindians of 12,000 years ago, through almost four hundred years of colonial rule, to the urban and evironmental concerns of today. Nearly a hundred maps and illustrations accompany the text. Anyone interested in understanding one of America's cutting-edge states should read this book
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Donald N. Hilton on July 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As I told my wife yesterday, I never thought I would be reading a history book for pleasure but since I bought this great book, I cannot put it down. There are so many interesting stories in here, it is able to hold it's own with great fiction pieces and has captivated my interest for my adopted home state.
From the last ice age to the present, it is all in here. Did you know that when Ponce de Leon was sailing along "La Florida's" coasts in the early 1500s there were 350,000 natives living here? By the late 18th century they were all gone, either dead from European diseases or sold into slavery.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Manatee Reader on October 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is an extraordinary compilation of work by some of the best historians in Florida. Each of the 22 chapters is written by specialists of the particular topic covered. Over the years, I've encountered their works individually. Now their stories are in a cohesive volume which is, from beginning to end, a fascinating and eye-opening learning experience. The book puts Florida history in chronological order with seamless transitions to each new chapter. Instead of learning little snippets of Florida history from scattered sources, you can read this book to help piece it all together in context. Then the little snippets make more sense. This book is well-written and avoids the cumbersome, self-important language of specialists. If you want to know about Florida's history, begin with this book. If you already know details of Florida's history, this book will bring your knowledge up-to-date with new scholarship.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Flesher on February 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Overall this was a wonderful history of the Sunshine State. Having have lived in Florida for 10 years (dating from 1990 through 2000, and being a University of Florida alumnus) I had the chance to witness a lot of economic, cultural, and developmental change. The final chapter of this book was more along the lines of what I was looking for...a history of modern Florida (1920-2000). While I did enjoy the book and it was very informative, I was hoping to hear more about recent events. Development and change in the State of Florida has happened at such a rapid rate since 1950 that about three quarters of this book seemed to be about another place! I guess what I was hoping for was more detail about land development and the growth of cities: Orlando, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and the fall of the Everglades.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James V. Holton on July 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A New History of Florida has been a vital contribution to Florida history, especially in light of the extreme age of Charlton Tebeau's classic book on the state's history. The essays from a variety of scholars add much needed insight and perspective on Florida history from ancient times to the present, including most of the major trends of the twentieth century, when Florida really came into its own as the state it is today.

Neverthless, this book has its shortcomings. First, the format tends to give an uneven, disjointed effect if reading this book like a textbook.

Second, it contains material that can be found from other more extensive works. This is a good start for someone looking to increase their knowledge of the state, but only a start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew P. Mahon on December 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Gannon and the other writers offer a diverse but focused selection of monographs each focused on a specific area of Florida's history, culture, politics, and evolving demographics. This is a gold mine of information and insight on how and why Florida is the haven and destination for so many. From the Palioindians to the French, Spanish, English, and Americans of the past to today's retirees, Hispanics, Asians, and Europeans the call is still heard to come to the Sunshine State.
Consisting of 22 articles, each deals with a specific topic, time frame, and issue. All are written by academics although the footnoting is kept to a minimum. However, even with the differing writing styles Gannon has done a first rate job of editing to keep the narative flow of ideas consistent while minimizing repetition.
All-in-all this is an excellent overview of Florida - its history, development, evolution, and struggles!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Pochy on November 18, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Overall it is well written and successfully conveys Florida's complex, and at times messy, past. Pleasantly surprised to find the book does well in representing the many minority groups that shaped Florida.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Godwin on May 11, 2013
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This book is the best book ever on the history of Florida!
It is well written, thoughtfully researched and beautifully presented.
It is just a wonderful book!
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