The history of African Americans in Florida is a subject area that remains under-researched. While historians have generally done a commendable job examining the topic for the last fifty years or so, Florida still lags behind other southern states when it comes to scholarship on its African American populace. Thus, this essay seeks to review some of the scholarly works that have been published on the subject of African Americans in Florida from 1870 to 1920. It is arranged thematically with scholarship addressing major topics such as: Reconstruction, racial relations, racial violence, politics, religion, urban history, labor, black women, education, journalism, health/ medicine, and recreation. The purpose here is not only to familiarize the reader with major areas where historians have conducted research on Florida's African Americans during this time, but also to demonstrate where some of the gaps remain. While this essay seeks to be comprehensive, admittedly, it is not exhaustive, due to space limitations.
Jackson, David H.
"African Americans in Florida, 1870-1920: A Historiographical Essay,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 95:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol95/iss2/3