When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence, they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked questions that continue to impact Floridians: who has the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, and whose voices will be heard? This talk is a springboard for discussions about those very questions and how they are reflected in Florida stories spanning over 300 years.
Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, where he received his PhD in 1991. Dr. Noll taught special education in the public schools of Alachua County for 28 years before moving over full-time to UF in 2004. Dr. Noll has written extensively on general Florida history as well as more specialized subjects ranging from Florida environmental policy, the ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal, and the disability rights movement of the 1970s.
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The "Voices & Votes: Democracy in America” exhibit and related programming are brought to you by Florida Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution. We would also like to thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership. Local support has been provided by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.