Tag Archives: history

When The Lights Go Out And Stay Out

When Hurricane Irma swept through Florida, the power was knocked out to thousands of people in the Gainesville area. WUFT News reporter Luke Sullivan found out that even more than three months after the storm, some families are still in the dark. This week, we dedicate our entire podcast episode to one family's story of life without electricity.

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Once Bustling Seat Of Alachua County, Ghost Town Of Newnansville Attracts 19th-Century History Lovers

Once a bustling center of Alachua County's life, the town of Newnansville started declining in population after the Alachua County seat was relocated to Gainesville in 1854 and turned into a ghost town by the 1890s. Now it attracts history lovers from the county and reminds local residents and officials about the necessity to preserve the county's history.

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Gainesville’s Soul Music History Highlighted In New Book

From Ray Charles' early years in Florida to homegrown stars like Linda Lyndell and Little Jake Mitchell, John Capouya shines a spotlight on the underappreciated contribution Florida has made to the history of soul music in America. "Race is really the context for almost all of the stories I tell." "When white kids started listening to soul music, it really helped the whole movement toward integration of this country that when that music was accepted by a generation, it’s something you can’t quantify, but I think it made a difference."

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