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FLORIDA THEMES : EDUCATION

Before 1870, education in Florida was provided by private schools or academies or by efforts of tutors. Higher education emerged after the Civil War, with two major universities - the all-male University of Florida and the female Florida State College at Tallahassee. The creation of the Florida State Normal University at DeFuniak Springs, Florida in 1886 paved the way for the education of teachers.

The Florida Heritage Collection contains a wide range of literature about Florida schools and education. Much of the information is concerned with the African American experience in education during the early times of desegregation. Examination of this body of literature creates a clear picture of where Florida education has been, and where it is heading.

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