Martin Tabert, in his desire to “see the world,” unfortunately met an untimely death in Florida. The national publicity given the circumstances surrounding his death provided the catalyst Floridians needed to abolish the cruel and corrupt convict-lease system, a peculiarly southern institution given impetus during the Civil War-Reconstruction era.
Carper, N. Gordon
"Martin Tabert, Martyr of an Era,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 52
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol52/iss2/3