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Selected Readings

The Gulf Coast Digital History Project highlights scholarship that explores the maritime history and heritage of the Gulf Coast.

About the Readings

This section lists articles and books written within the past thirty years that explore and contextualize the maritime history and heritage of the Gulf South between the end of the Civil War and World War II. These readings reflect major themes and topics that shape the significance of the Gulf South maritime history to the larger scholarship of American maritime history. 

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Brown, Carter. Florida’s Black Public Officials, 1867-1924. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998.

Carpenter, Barbara and Shana Walton, eds. Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi: The Twentieth Century. University Press of Mississippi, 2012.

Greenbaum, Susan D. More than Black: Afro-Cubans in Tampa. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002.

Hewitt, Nancy A. Southern Discomfort: Women's Activism in Tampa, Florida, 1880s-1920s. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

Ortiz, Paul. Emancipation Betrayed: the Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920. University of California Press, 2006.

Hughes, Dudley J. Oil in the Deep South:A History of the Oil Business in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, 1859-1945. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi,1993.

Jackson III, Harvey. The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera: An Insider’s History of the Florida-Alabama Coast. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2012.

Pearce, George F. "Pensacola, the Deep-Water Harbor of the Gulf: Its Development, 1825-1930.” Gulf Coast Historical Review 5, no. 2 (1990), 128-139.

Turner, Gregg M. The Florida Land Boom of the 1920’s. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2015.

Woolsey, Nathan. “Simpson & Company: Victorian Sawmill of the Gulf Coastal Plain, 1865-1882.” Gulf Coast Historical Review 10, no. 1 (1994), 122-139.

Mueller, Edward A. Perilous Journeys: A History of Steamboating on the Chattahoochee, Apalachicola, and Flint Rivers, 1828-1928. Eufaula, Alabama: Historic Chattahoochee Commission,1990.

Rucker, Brian R. Arcadia: Florida’s Premier Antebellum Industrial Park. Bagdad, FL: Patagonia Press, 2005.

Turner, Gregg M. A Journey into Florida Railroad History. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008.

Duedall, Iver W. and John Mills Williams. Florida Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, 1871-2001. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001. 

Derr, Mark. Some Kind of Paradise: A Chronicle of Man and the Land in Florida. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1998.

White, Gary L. Conservation in Florida: Its History and Heroes. Cocoa, Florida: Florida Historical Society Press, 2010.

Davis, Jack E. and Raymond Arsenault. Paradise Lost? The Environmental History of Florida. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005.