Florida's African-American History
This bibliography lists some of the published works in the State Library on African-American heritage in Florida.
Book links take you to the record of the item in the library catalog, where you can find out more information, search for similar books, or place a hold on the item if you are a library card holder.
For an online guide to Archives resources, check out the Black Experience Guide on Florida Memory.
Books and Resource Guides
- Baptist, Edward E. Creating an Old South: Middle Florida’s Plantation Frontier before the Civil War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
- Bartley, Abel A. Keeping the Faith: Race, Politics, and Social Development in Jacksonville, Florida, 1940-1970. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000.
- Brown, Canter. Florida’s Black Public Officials, 1867-1924. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998.
- Clemons, Mae O. Florida’s Forgotten Legacy: Segregated Black Secondary Schools. Tallahassee: Mae O. Clemons, 2006.
- Colburn, David R. The African American Heritage of Florida. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1995.
- Colburn, David R. Racial Change and Community Crisis: St. Augustine, Florida, 1877-1980. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1991.
- Davis, Edward D. A Half Century of Struggle for Freedom in Florida. Orlando: Drake's Publishing, 1981.
- Deagan, Kathleen A. Fort Mose: Colonial America's Black Fortress of Freedom. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1995.
- Federal Writers’ Project. Florida Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in Florida from Interviews with Former Slaves. Bedford, MA: Applewood Books, 2006.
- Gaske, Frederick. Florida Black Heritage Trail. Tallahassee: Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, 2007.
- Jackson, David H. Go Sound the Trumpet: Selections in Florida’s African American History. Tampa: University of Tampa Press, 2005.
- Landers, Jane. Black Society in Spanish Florida. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999.
- Lavender, Abraham D. Black Communities in Transition: Voices from South Florida. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1996.
- McCarthy, Kevin M. African American Sites in Florida. Sarasota: Pineapple Press, 2007.
- McDonogh, Gary W. The Florida Negro: A Federal Writers’ Project Legacy. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1993.
- Ortiz, Paul. Emancipation Betrayed: the Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida From Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.
- Richardson, Joe Martin. African Americans in the Reconstruction of Florida, 1865-1877. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2008.
- Wagner, Jodie R. The Long Journey Home: a Survey of Florida’s Fugitive Slaves in the Pre-Civil War Era. Master’s Thesis, Florida State University, 1995.
- Warren, Dan R. If it Takes All Summer: Martin Luther King, the KKK, and States' Rights in St. Augustine, 1964. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2008.
- Williams, Randall. No Man's Yoke on My Shoulders: Personal Accounts of Slavery in Florida. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 2006.
- Winsboro, Irvin D. S. Florida's Freedom Struggle: the Black Experience from Colonial Time to the New Millennium. Cocoa, FL: Florida Historical Society Press, 2010.
- Winsboro, Irvin D. S. Old South, New South, or Down South? Florida and the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2009.
- The Black Experience: A Guide to African American Resources in the Florida State Archives. Tallahassee: Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services, Bureau of Archives and Records Management, 1988.
Articles of Interest
- Brown, Canter. “Race Relations in Territorial Florida, 1821-1845.” Florida Historical Quarterly 73, no. 3 (1995): 287-307.
- Danese, Tracy E. “Disenfranchisement, Women’s Suffrage and the Failure of the Grandfather Clause.” Florida Historical Quarterly 74, no.2 (1995): 117-131.
- Klos, George. “Blacks and the Seminole Removal Debate, 1821-1835.”Florida Historical Quarterly 68, no.1 (1989): 55-78.
- Rivers, Larry E. and Canter Brown Jr. “African Americans in South Florida: A Home and a Haven for Reconstruction-Era Leaders.”Tequesta 1, no. 56 (1996): 5-23.
- Solomon, Irvin D. and Grace Erhart. “Race and Civil War in South Florida.” Florida Historical Quarterly 77, no. 3 (1999): 320-341.
This bibliography is not an exhaustive listing of published works related to Florida African-American History. For more references, please consult the bibliographic listings of the suggested books and your local public library.