“The Beast in Florida” (University Press of Florida) isn’t particularly pleasant reading, but it’s probably necessary reading. For all practical purposes, South Florida has been a northern state for at least two generations, but Marvin Dunn’s book helpfully reminds us that there was a time when Florida was Southern to the core.
Dunn picks up the state during the Jim Crow era, and proceeds down through the decades, from tar and featherings to lynchings. For your information, there was a lot more backwoods bloodshed going on than just Rosewood.
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