The end of the Civil War meant
a social change in Florida between African-Americans and
Whites. The turbulent 1920s and 1960s saw civil unrest with
race riots and desegregation concerns. The influx of Cubans,
Hispanics, and Vietnamese has also created racial relation
concerns. Historically, race relations have not always been
positive, but it is important historically for us to understand
these issues and the research materials produced about them.
Much of the historical information in the Florida Heritage
Collection deals with the interaction of different races and
social groups who are located in proximity to one another.
At times this type of interaction can be plagued with hatred
and misunderstanding. The collection contains many works on
the interaction of African Americans and the white population
of Florida during the time of integreation, but there are
also works on the interactions of whites and Native Americans
and other social groups. A solid understanding of the concepts
presented in these works can help to open the minds of the
reader, and promoting tolerance and understanding.