Episode 1-The 1838 St Joseph Constitution

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In 2018 we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the current Florida Constitution. This podcast series will look back at all the Constitutions in Florida, starting with the first Florida Constitution drafted in 1838.  These interviews were recorded at the 2018 annual meeting of the Florida Conference of Historians. The daylong sessions examined each of the Florida Constitutions and discussed how they addressed the concerns of their time. The sessions took place at the old Senate Chamber in the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee.

Robert Cassanello, an associate professor of history at the University of Central Florida and Julian Chambliss a professor of English at Michigan State University moderated the discussion.  In this episode, we spoke with Mike Denham, who is a professor of history and Director of the Lawton M. Chiles Jr. Center for Florida History at Florida Southern College. He and Professor Chambliss talked about the 1838 St Joseph Constitution.

This series was produced by Robert Cassanello and Julian Chambliss. Holly Baker was the host and production assistant. We’d like to thank David Proctor and Jesse Hingson with the Florida Conference of Historians for assisting in the recording of this series. You can find out more about FCH at www.floridaconferenceofhistorians.org/. We'd also like to thank the University of Central Florida's Public History Program.