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Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New State Constitution

Mary E. Adkins


Making Modern Florida fills a gap in the scholarship and literature by examining how Florida’s Constitution was revised in 1968. The changes and growth churning through Florida in the mid-twentieth century overwhelmed Florida’s outdated 1885 Constitution and its ability to manage modern Florida. Leaders attempted, ambitiously but unsuccessfully, to reform the constitution; their efforts were thwarted regularly by the “Pork Chop Gang,” a tight band of rural legislators who ran the state. Court-imposed legislative reapportionments and the hard work of a team of farsighted leaders, including Ches ... More

Keywords: Chesterfield Smith, Constitution, Constitution revision, Florida, Legislators, Pork Chop Gang, Reapportionment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813062853
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary E. Adkins, author
University of Florida