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- ItemFifty years of justice: A history of the U.S. district court for the middle district of Florida(University Press of Florida, 2015) Denham, James M.Representing half of the state's population, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida is one of the busiest federal courts in the nation. It is recognized most often as the battleground for the Terri Schiavo “right to die” case, but it has been at the center of major decisions for more than fifty years. The famous and the infamous have stood before these judges, including young civil rights lawyer Thurgood Marshall, mobster Santo Trafficante, drug lord Carlos Lehder, baseball star Denny McLain, movie star Wesley Snipes, criminal defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, and Constance Baker Motley, the first African American woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
- ItemFlorida founder William P. DuVal: Frontier bon vivant(University of South Carolina Press, 2015) Denham, James M.Each day thousands of revelers trudge down DuVal Street in Florida’s Key West, but few know for whom the street is named. In Florida Founder William P. DuVal, James M. Denham provides the first full-length biography of the well-connected, but nearly forgotten frontier politician of antebellum America. The scion of a well-to-do Richmond, Virginia, family, William Pope DuVal (1784-1854) migrated to the Kentucky frontier as a youth in 1800. Settling in Bardstown, DuVal read law, served in Congress, and fought in the War of 1812. In 1822, largely because of the influence of his lifelong friend John C. Calhoun, President James Monroe appointed DuVal the first civil governor of the newly acquired Territory of Florida. Enjoying successive appointments from the Adams and Jackson administrations, DuVal founded Tallahassee and presided over the territory’s first twelve territorial legislative sessions, years that witnessed Middle Florida’s development into one of the Old Southwest’s most prosperous slave-based economies. Beginning with his personal confrontation with Miccosukee chief Neamathla in 1824 (an episode commemorated by Washington Irving), DuVal worked closely with Washington officials and oversaw the initial negotiations with the Seminoles. A perennial political appointee, DuVal was closely linked to national and territorial politics in antebellum America. Like other “Calhounites” who supported Andrew Jackson’s rise to the White House, DuVal became a casualty of the Peggy Eaton Affair and the Nullification Crisis. In fact he was replaced as Florida governor by Mrs. Eaton’s husband, John Eaton. After leaving the governor’s chair, DuVal migrated to Kentucky, lent his efforts to the cause of Texas Independence, and eventually returned to practice law and local politics in Florida. Throughout his career DuVal cultivated the arts of oratory and story-telling—skills essential to success in the courtrooms and free-for-all politics of the American South. Part frontiersman and part sophisticate, DuVal was at home in the wilds of Kentucky, Florida, Texas, and Washington City. He delighted in telling tall tales, jests, and anecdotes that epitomized America’s expansive, democratic vistas. Among those captivated by DuVal’s life and yarns were Washington Irving, who used DuVal’s tall tales as inspiration for his “The Early Experiences of Ralph Ringwood,” and James Kirke Paulding, whose “Nimrod Wildfire” shared Du Val’s brashness and bonhommie.
- ItemFlorida founder William P. Duval: frontier bon vivant / James M. Denham(University of South Carolina Press, 2015) Denham, James M.Scion of the Old Dominion -- Soldier and war hawk politician -- Judge and governor -- Founder of the Florida Territory -- Neamathla and a new territorial capital -- A "corrupt bargain" and a new home in Florida -- Trials, tribulations, and "left-handed justice" -- "I have health, activity, good spirits, and a small share of perserverity" -- "Harassed by the persecution of their neighbors" -- Storm clouds on the horizon -- "I intend to examine...your relation to the president" -- Nullifying an election -- "I shall return very poor to Kentucky" -- "Do all you can for Texas" -- Canals, banks, and a constitutional convention -- Faith bonds, division, depression, and a plague -- "Tyler too," Washington intrigue, and St. Augustine -- State of Texas, State of Florida -- "I will not be the cause of disunion in our ranks" -- Gone to Texas, gone to Washington.
- ItemFlorida‘s Heritage of Diversity and Justice: A Collection of Papers from the Florida Southern College Honors Program, Volume 2(Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History at Florida Southern College, 2009) Denham, James M.; Anderson, Patrick R.; Soash, Richard
- ItemThe Historical Violence Database: A collaborative research project on the history of violent crime, violent death, and collective violence(Taylor & Francis, 2008) Roth, Randolph; Eckberg, Douglas L.; Dayton, Cornelia Hughes; Wheeler, Kenneth; Watkinson, James; Haberman, Robb; Denham, James M.The Historical Violence Database (HVD) is a collaborative research project to gather data on the history of violent crime, violent death, and collective violence. The database will serve as a repository for historical research (research notes, handwritten worksheets, spreadsheets, scans and photographs of original documents, etc.) and will integrate that research into a single information system based on standard worksheets and spreadsheets. The goal is to create a "calendar of cases" that can be amended and augmented. The HVD will also serve as an archive for historic data compiled by public agencies and for early town and county histories that studied violence.