World War II spurred economic development in Florida. Because
of its year-round mild climate, the state became a major
training center for soldiers, sailors, and aviators of the
United States and its allies. Highway and airport construction
accelerated so that, by war's end, Florida had an up-to-date
transportation network ready for use by residents and the
visitors who seemed to arrive in an endless stream.
In 1944 the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed a system of all-white
primary elections that had limited the right of African
Americans to vote.
Text from: A Short History of Florida
Used with the permission of Florida's Division of Historical