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“Be Somebody”

Mary E. Adkins

in Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780813066660
eISBN:
9780813058856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066660.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

By the early 1960s Chesterfield Smith was becoming a leader in the Florida Bar, and in 1964 he became president. Shortly after his term as president ended, the governor named Smith hair of a new ... More


War

Mary E. Adkins

in Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780813066660
eISBN:
9780813058856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066660.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chesterfield Smith served in the U.S. Army for more than five years; after excelling in training in Kansas and Mississippi, he married his childhood sweetheart and was shipped overseas. Smith, a ... More


The Multiplier Effect

Mary E. Adkins

in Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780813066660
eISBN:
9780813058856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066660.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chesterfield Smith’s ideals lived beyond his years. This chapter describes people, such as Martha Barnett and Alex Sink, and organizations inspired by or dedicated to Smith and his ideals. Legal Aid ... More


Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer

Mary E. Adkins

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780813066660
eISBN:
9780813058856
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066660.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chesterfield Smith was one of the boldest lawyers of the twentieth century. A child of a poor, broken household but also a child of a politically connected family, Smith grew up aimless. His World ... More


Building a Constitution’s Foundation

Mary E. Adkins

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813062853
eISBN:
9780813051802
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062853.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes the organization and early tasks of the Constitution Revision Commission: what principles were emphasized, what rules governed, the principal constitutional issues to be ... More


No Man Is above the Law

Mary E. Adkins

in Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780813066660
eISBN:
9780813058856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066660.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

President Richard Nixon, hounded by Watergate-related pressures, reacted by trying to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was leading the Watergate investigation. That attempt resulted in not ... More


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

Mary E. Adkins

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813062853
eISBN:
9780813051802
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062853.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

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 ... More


The CRC Debates: November and December 1966

Mary E. Adkins

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813062853
eISBN:
9780813051802
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062853.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas 1966, the Constitution Revision Commission met in Tallahassee to hash out the final language of the new Constitution. They debated equal rights, voting rights for ... More


Putting It Together, Part I

Mary E. Adkins

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813062853
eISBN:
9780813051802
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062853.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Constitution Revision Commission had its initial meeting; its subject-matter committees then met throughout the early spring of 1966 to decide what changes to make to their areas of the ... More


Epilogue

Mary E. Adkins

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813062853
eISBN:
9780813051802
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062853.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chesterfield Smith chaired the 1968 Constitution Revision Commission. By all accounts he was the driving force behind the Commission’s success. Thirty years later, he addressed the 1998 Constitution ... More


The 1966 Constitution Revision Commission

Mary E. Adkins

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813062853
eISBN:
9780813051802
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062853.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes how the Florida Constitution Revision Commission was created and formed; argues that the 1966 CRC was originally created as another Pork Chop gambit to retain power; and ... More


Drafting a Constitution, Drafting a Legislature

Mary E. Adkins

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813062853
eISBN:
9780813051802
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062853.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The certified-question debates engaged the whole Constitution Revision Commission. The committees then met again, and each drafted the parts of the constitution that its work governed. The draft was ... More


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