THATCamp Florida is now accepting applications for participation in the first THATCamp in the Southeast. We will accept proposals until 5 February, and begin notifying applicants of their acceptance on a rolling basis beginning on 15 January. You can find more in formation about THATCamp here. Please fill out the form below.

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THATCamp Florida

On October 27, 2010 By

I am in the process of organizing an “unconference” on The Humanities and Technology, known as THATCamp.  These events are the brainchild of the folks at The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.  The gathering will involve about 75 people drawn broadly from the Humanities and will include Professors, [...]

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‘Roughing It’

On October 13, 2010 By

I am heading out shortly for Lake Tahoe, where I will be participating in the annual conference of the Western Historical Association. By all accounts the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino and Spa is a very nice place. Yet while packing for the trip I could not help thinking about the wonderful scene in [...]

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The reviews for Florida’s Working-Class Past (University of Florida Press, 2009), to which I contributed a chapter, has received very positive reviews, to date. The most recent from the journal Labor (7:3).

I was particularly fond of this section:

War profoundly changed the labor dynamics of nineteenth-century Florida. The Second Seminole War [...]

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[In trying to sort out the links between tourism and development in Florida in the Nineteenth Century, I hit upon the importance of killing alligators. What follows in a shorted except from my conference paper to be delivered to the Western Historical Association meeting in Lake Tahoe later this week. I am still working on fitting it more directly to development, but I am certain that the connection is there and is on solid footing. Note: the footnotes have been stripped out of this version but may be added later when I have more time to do so.]

The main attraction of Florida for most visitors was the river itself, and its attendant flora and fauna, most spectacular of which were its alligators. The first instinct of tourists and travelers on the St. Johns River seemed to be to shoot any and all wildlife that they saw, especially alligators. When Henry Sanford steamed up the river as a tourist for the first time in 1870 his wife noted that the “river is full of alligators & it was amusing to me to see all of the men sitting on deck with their guns banging away at every wild thing that crossed their path,” though she proudly pointed out that her husband “quite distinguished himself as a shot & to crown his success he brought a large alligator to an untimely end.”

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One of the things I enjoyed a great deal about living in Rogers Park in Chicago for many years was the plethora of great taquerias to choose from.  Now that I live in the small town of Deland Florida I do not have the luxury of choosing which great taqueria to eat at [...]

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Early Fall

On October 6, 2010 By

Fall weather has arrived in peninsula Florida, marking its earliest arrival in the ten years that I have lived here. The winter season in Florida is marked far more by dry weather than cold temperatures, though there is a connection between them. Though we still have daytime temps in the low 80s, the dry air [...]

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“All in” Online.

On September 1, 2010 By

In an effort to embrace the online teaching that I am doing, and will likely be doing much more of in the future, I have adopted a pedagogy that is techno-centric this semester. I have my students blogging, working on a wiki page, and editing a google map with content overlays. The end result will [...]

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The Lure of Florida.

On August 24, 2010 By

Having been in New England for most of the summer, returning to Florida for the (very long) end of one of the hottest summers on record, it is hard for me to wrap my head around what it is about this place that lures seemingly sane people to move here. I was struck by that [...]

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If you find comfort in the collection and generation of knowledge, as most good post-Renaissance people do (at least those who have not been infected by the heresies of Michel Foucault such as myself), you will enjoy following the ever-expanding surface oil slick generated on a daily basis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, [...]

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