Meet the Flyest Woman of the 1900s

While browsing the pages of our historical newspaper collection, we stumbled upon an article featuring Jean Dawson. An educator, Dawson, led a seemingly successful campaign against the housefly in the 1900s to combat the spread of diseases like polio. About Polio In the early 1900s, polio was making its way across the United States. However,Continue reading Meet the Flyest Woman of the 1900s

The Southern Jewish Weekly

About the newspaper The Southern Jewish Weekly began publication in 1939, when editor Isadore Moscovitz (a University of Florida Journalism graduate) merged the Florida Jewish News and the Jewish Citizen to create a new newspaper that would be “an independent weekly serving American citizens of Jewish faith”. The Weekly considered itself the “oldest and mostContinue reading The Southern Jewish Weekly

Chronicling America travels to the Caribbean

This post was co-authored by project Advisory Board members at the University of the Virgin Islands, Jennifer Jackson, Cynthia Richards, and Judith Rodgers, Project Coordinator at the George A. Smathers Libraries (UF) Melissa Jerome, and NEH Program Officer Hadassah St. Hubert. The St. Croix Avis is the first newspaper from the Virgin Islands to be includedContinue reading Chronicling America travels to the Caribbean

What Happened To Tom Tiger? The Battle for a Seminole Chief’s Remains

  The Seminole Indians have a long and storied past with the settlers of Florida. Following the Third Seminole War (1855-58), the few hundred remaining Native Americans settled deep within the Everglades where they could live without conflict. Relations gradually improved between the two groups, and by the 1890s, white residents were offering opportunities forContinue reading What Happened To Tom Tiger? The Battle for a Seminole Chief’s Remains

‘War Against The Rat’: The Bubonic Plague in Florida

  The phrase: “Bubonic Plague” conjures images of medieval times, when the infamous “Black Death” swept through mainland Europe and Asia, decimating cities and inciting mass chaos. Experts estimate this deadly epidemic killed over half the population of Europe in the 14th century, making it one of the most lethal diseases in history. Less known,Continue reading ‘War Against The Rat’: The Bubonic Plague in Florida

The Curious Cures of Ed Greene: What a small town doctor can teach us about American medicine

The archived articles at the Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project offer unique insight into the world of “patent medicines:” unlicensed and unregulated products sold as over-the-counter medicine, regardless of their effectiveness. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, most local newspapers contained dozens of advertisements for these cure-all tonics, potions, and pills.

Blood Upon the Sand: The Armenian Genocide in World War I

On April 29, 1915, sandwiched between advertisements for “Groves Tasteless Chill Tonic” and “Chamberlain’s Tablets” near the bottom of page two of the Thursday edition of the Pensacola Journal (column five), was a short report on the Turkish arrest of hundreds of Armenian residents of Constantinople (Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The obscure placement of the article must have made sense to the editors given other dramatic stories reported that day. America was at peace, but Europe and much of the world was in the ninth month of World War I. The small Pensacola paper dutifully relayed the developments in that week’s landing of Allied troops along the Gallipoli Peninsula in an attempt to wrest control of the Dardanelles from Turkish troops and seize Constantinople, a campaign designed to knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war on the road to the defeat of that country and its ally, Germany.