What were Civil Wars soldiers doing in Pensacola, Florida? What do you do when primary source documents tell different stories about the same event?
Students use Civil War diaries, an essay from Zora Neale Hurston, and advertisements from World War II to examine the raw materials of Florida history.
Civil War in Florida
Post-Civil War Florida
Florida, the closest state to the Caribbean and home to a large Cuban immigrant population, became the setting for much of the action in Cuba's fight for independence from Spain.
The Depression, the New Deal Years and World War II
Zora Neale Hurston was already a published writer when she began working for the Florida division of the Work Projects Administration (WPA). In August of 1939, Hurston went on a recording expedition to the turpentine camps in Cross City, Florida.
This unit provides insight into the experience of Cuban refugees in Florida using photographs, government documents, letters, videos and interviews.