In 1920 Florida stood on the threshold of her “great boom;” economic optimism prevailed. However, to many people within the state one obstacle stood in the way of bountiful prosperity - “Cattsism,” a term of derision applied to the political principles and campaign tactics of Sidney J. Catts, the governor of the state. Only four years before he had risen from obscurity to notoriety. A more disruptive and divisive personality has seldom appeared on the political scene of any state. There was no middle ground in the opinions of the politicians or the public about this political parvenu; he was either admired or detested.
Jennings, Warren A.
"Sidney J. Catts and the Democratic Primary of 1920,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 39:
3, Article 2.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol39/iss3/2