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Florida Frontiers: Deep roots spur state’s cattle industry

By Ben Brotemarkle Even where urban sprawl has enveloped large portions of the Florida landscape, cattle are never too far from view. Traveling the major interstates, highways and particularly rural roads throughout the state, herds of cattle can be seen…

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U.S. History: What Do You Know About James Madison? (Part 1)

This is the question JMI Vice President of Advancement Francisco Gonzalez asked of himself. As a result, he decided to undertake a more intensive study of the man behind the namesake of The James Madison Institute and Father of the…

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Florida Verve: Links of Note

Photo: Beautiful Sewannee River, Florida Memory/State Archives of Florida Stephen Foster never saw Florida. As for Ray Charles, Florida is all that he ever saw. Raised in the town of Greenville in Madison County, Charles lost his eyesight at the…

Book Review: “The Tropic of Cracker,” by Al Burt

Image: Palmetto trees along the St. Johns River. (Boston Public Library) Reviewed by Zachary Poole For me, growing up along the banks of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, as Al Burt did, was surreal. In one sense, it was…

Florida Frontiers: Russian leaves big impression

Peter Demens lived in Florida for only eight years, but his time here is memorable. While living in Longwood, just north of Orlando, Demens constructed buildings on the campus of the state’s oldest private college, established a railway connecting Central…