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October - December 2013     VOLUME 17 ISSUE 4
 
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Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge and Canal

TheStruggle for Florida's Future

Based on the award-winning book, this presentation examines the long & convoluted history of the attempt to cross the Florida peninsula by cutting a waterway from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. It looks at the Ocklawaha River in the 19th century and the first attempt to cut a ship canal in the 1930s as part of a New Deal work project. It then moves to the 1960s and the controversy over the building of a barge canal along the path of the failed ship canal.

Dr. Steve Noll is a senior lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida. He received his PhD from there in 1991. He has written extensively on two widely disparate topics- Florida history & the environment and disability history.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the national Endowment for the Humanities.