Program Details

Florida History for New and Not-So-New Floridians Hurricane Nicole Make-up: Thursday, December 1st 3-4:30pm

Evan Bennett

Course Description

Love history? Interested in learning more about the state around you? Moving quickly through time, this series will introduce you to the key people, places, and events of Florida history, all with an eye toward explaining how the past has shaped the nation's now third-largest state. Moving between political, social, and cultural history, the series takes a broad view to better understand Florida and its people. Space is limited.


  1. Native Florida to Spanish Florida
  2. Lines in the Sand: Florida in the Age of Empires
  3. Florida in the Nineteenth Century
  4. The Gilded Age of Florida
  5. The Florida Dream
  6. Growing Pains

About the Instructor

  • Evan P. Bennett, Ph.D. is a historian of the American South whose research focuses on the intersections of rural, environmental, and labor history. He has just completed writing a book on the environmental history of Tampa Bay. He is the author of “When Tobacco Was King: Families, Farm Labor, and Federal Policy in the Piedmont,” (University Press of Florida, 2014). He is also co-editor of “Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Landowning Families Since Reconstruction,” (University Press of Florida, 2012). Photo Credit: Dawn Yap at Yap Originals