We left Mobile and drove due east through the Florida panhandle towards Tallahassee, the state capital, in a torrential rain storm.
On the other hand, this high point is not exactly on the main path, and the detour added an hour or so to our drive, but we did see a part of Florida most people who go to Florida to spend time in the Happiest Place on Earth never see, and we eventually did make it to Tallahassee . . .
|Someone please interpret these formulas for me.|
My husband and I tried to get into character to enhance our experience:
|John B. Johnson|
Speaker of the House in 1893
U.S. House of Representatives, 1885-1889
Speaker of the House, 1874
While not specifically about this region of Florida, Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands by Susan Carol McCarthy is a great read for the Florida traveler. Much of what I knew about the Civil Rights Movement was centered in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. I was surprised to learn that during 1951 and 1952, several years before the bus boycott started in Montgomery, the Ku Klux Klan terrorized central Florida for nine months before the federal government finally got involved. This book is about that period of time.
This coming-of-age story is very reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird--a young female protagonist, a racist community, brave parents who come into conflict with social norms, an important friendship, and a misunderstood adult who becomes a friend. However, the book has its own unique aspects--the KKK, a historically accurate race-based murder, the conflict of Northern and Southern values. Although the plot and characters sometimes felt too familiar, I think the author created a unique story by including a fair amount of actual history (Thurgood Marshall, for example, is one of the characters).
I hadn't associated Florida with the Civil Rights Movement, and I knew only the most sensational information about the KKK, so I found those aspects especially interesting. There is also a wonderful scene involving rattlesnakes--a whole bunch of 'em. A few of the sub-plots left me hanging, but overall this is a quick and easy read with just enough plot twists to keep it interesting.