December 5, 2007

Imperial Polk Revisited

I need more material on Spessard Holland. As important a role model was he was to young Lawton Chiles, he needs more profiling. There is not book available on him. Not even an essay as far as I know, even though he did push through the amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning the poll tax, after abolishing the practice in Florida in his state legislature career.

The whole notion of "Imperial Polk County" though is ripe for discussion and colorful writing. Not many counties get a moniker.

It's such a strong lesson I think in the link between geography and politics. The fact that Polk County is at Florida's center is poetic yes, but in a state as large and diverse as Florida, neutral ground is also hard to come by.

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