This past weekend, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. It’s a verdict that’s outraged many, and led to debates around the country about race relations, justice and the particular laws and social climate of Florida. As author T.D. Allman sees it, the focus on Florida is warranted—not just because the case reflects the unique history of Florida—but also because Florida is a microcosm of the rest of the United States.
T. D. Allman describes the many faces of Florida. It was once a became a pestilential backwater but today is the fourth most populous and diverse states. In Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State, journalist T.D. Allman tells the myths, misconceptions, and the remarkable history of the state.
Earlier this month, Florida celebrated the 500th anniversary of explorer Ponce de León’s discovery of the state. In new book, "Finding Florida," T. D. Allman takes a critical look at the forces that shaped that state — starting with Ponce de Leon.