August Speaker Series Program: The Real Origins of Florida Tourism
August 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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John T. Foster, Jr. traces his Florida roots back to the 1880s. He went to seven different schools by the middle of seventh grade; he lived in Manhattan, Kansas; Gainesville, Florida; Naples, Florida, and four suburbs around Jacksonville before arriving at Florida State University in the 1960s with aspirations to be a historian and high school teacher. Ultimately, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in social studies and anthropology, a master’s in anthropology, and his doctoral degree in the design of post-secondary education. Foster taught for almost 40 years at the well-known historically Black university Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.
Foster has written three books documenting the efforts of abolitionists to create a place of genuine freedom for all Americans. His latest, “At the Dawn of Tourism in Florida: Abolitionists, Print Media, and Images for Early Vacationers,” and a second edition of “Calling Yankees to Florida: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Forgotten Tourist Articles,” are the basis for his presentation.