The 1920s in Florida reflected the enormous social and economic changes that were occurring throughout the United States. The conservatism of the period, exemplified by high tariffs, the passage of the Volstead Act, and the growth of right wing groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, performed an uneasy counterpoint to the new currents of change. Urban growth, rapid economic development, and the proliferation of transportation and communications facilities foretold the future complexion of American life, As Floridians approached the 1924 gubernatorial campaign they were faced with two alternatives: electing men who were committed to holding on to the past or placing into positions of leadership individuals who could carry the state forward to ever-increasing growth and expansion.
McDonell, Victoria H.
"Rise of the "Businessman's Politician": The 1924 Florida Gubernatorial Race,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 52
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol52/iss1/5