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.