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The four articles in this issue of the Quarterly provide a sixty-year perspective on race and civil rights in Florida. Each of the articles is firmly grounded in local events and personalities, but each successfully places community and state history within national and regional perspectives and raises new questions for future scholarship. Joshua Youngblood's analysis of the lynching of Claude Neal begins with one of the most brutal examples of public murder in Florida and southern history. Youngblood connects the event with depression-era civil rights activities and leftist efforts to effect economic justice, and uses Howard Kester's investigation of the lynching as a vehicle for understanding regional and national struggles for social change.