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“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”

This is a quote that is often used. It surely proves itself to be true over and over again as actions speak louder than words. The same mistakes that have been made for eons continually occur, and it confirms that the people who are in leadership and decision making roles are completely unaware, or ignorant, of the consequences of prior events that have been recorded throughout the annals of history.

This site is dedicated to preserving and keeping history alive and up-to-date and sharing as much information as possible.

Yesterday’s news is today’s history.

Obviously, this is a very challenging undertaking and new information is constantly being added.

If you would like to share information you are certainly encouraged to do so, and your contributions will be appreciated by many. Just email me at: randyjaye@historyspeak.com and I will add your information into this site as soon as possible.

Native American Petroglyphs

Florida has the oldest history in the United States (after European contact). After Juan Ponce de León landed here in 1513 the entire world began changing and expanding very rapidly. Florida’s interesting history can be explored right here…See & Read More

The history of the United States might only be 240+ years old, but it is extremely interesting and full of conflicts, triumphs, stories and policies that have influenced the modern world. The history of the United States can be explored right here…

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United States Labor History reveals the struggles and sacrifices for worker’s rights and benefits such as the 8 hour work day, the 40 hour work week, occupational safety laws and Labor Day. These rights and benefits were not handed out by governmental officials and corporations from the goodness of their hearts. Many people were beaten, fired, blacklisted and killed in the many struggles that resulted in laws, benefits and protections for every worker and profession. Unfortunately, not many people know about this history and it is  taken for granted today. See & Read More

Satellite image of the Florida penninsula. Flag in the National Civil War Museum. US soldiers in combat during the Vietnam War Persion Gulf War - Helicopter and Troops in Action Strikers Quit Auto Plants - Operations Resume Monday with $25,000,000 Rise in Wages - 1936-7 Great Sit-Down Strike in Flint, Michigan Bread and Roses Strike - Lawrence, Mass. in 1912 - Militia Sent in to Disrupt the Strike

Northeast Florida History
(The oldest European-Influenced History in the U.S.A.)

Second Seminole War (1835-1842) Fortifications
(Forts, Camps and Blockhouses) in the Volusia and Flagler County Area

 Tarragona Tower: An Intriguing Local Landmark

The Story of Daytona Beach’s Unique Coquina Clock Tower

History and Preservation of Daytona Beach's Unique Coquina Clock Tower

  Flagler City and the Florida Land Boom and Bust of the 1920s

Interesting Florida & Northeast Florida Facts

Volusia County, Florida collected by the WPA’s Historical Records Survey

Greater Daytona Beach’s Local History

Flagler County, Florida collected by the WPA’s Historical Records Survey

St. Johns County History

A Brief History of St. Augustine

A Brief History of Putnam County

Duval County History

Jacksonville Area History

Nassau County History

Bulow Plantation - Flagler Beach

Fort Matanzas - St. Augustine

Fort Mose - St. Augustine

Kingsley Plantation - Jacksonville

Terragona Tower - Daytona Beach

Wars and Armed Conflicts in U.S. History are numerous. It seems there is always a tyrant with a bulls eye painted on their head that the U.S. Government is chasing (and using as a poster child to help finance the military complex). One of the best quotes of recent years was on a billboard in Houston, Texas. It was advertising an American Civil War exhibit at a local museum and simply asked: “What were we Thinking?” Now that pretty much sums it up…

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Visiting, Exploring and Photographing Historical Northeast Florida Sites

Edward H. Armstrong (Mayor of Daytona Beach: 1928-1929, 1932-1938)

The Quest to Have a Plaque Placed on his Monument in Oceanfront Park, Daytona Beach

General History of Edward H. Armstrong

Mary McLeod Bethune’s letter to Edward H. Armstrong - Dec. 31, 1929

Daytona Beach Mayor Dies at Jacksonville – Palm Beach Post – Jan. 3, 1938

Mayors Edward and Irene Armstrong and the Battle of Daytona Beach - Halifax Herald - June 2000

The Mayor’s Henchmen and Henchwomen, Both White and Colored - Edward H. Armstrong and the Politics of Race in Daytona Beach, 1900-1940 - The Florida Historical Quarterly - Winter 2001

Daytona Beach's City Commission - The First Twenty Years - Halifax Herald - Summer 2002

Long-ago political boss’s Daytona home now a zombie house - Daytona Beach News-Journal - September 18, 2014

BLACK DAYTONA BEACH IN THE 1940s - Daytona Times - September 10, 2015

The Great City Hall Standoff was 80 years ago - Daytona Beach News-Journal - Dec. 6, 2016

The Boss of Daytona died 80 years ago - Daytona Beach News-Journal - Jan. 2, 2018

After 80 years, city may finish Boardwalk’s mystery monument - Daytona Beach News-Journal - June 16, 2018

Controversy brewing in Daytona Beach over proposed plaque honoring former mayor - WFTV Channel 9 - (includes news broadcast video) - Nov. 8, 2019.

Armstrong plaque reignites old-time politics - Daytona Beach News-Journal - Nov. 9, 2019

Daytona mayor from 1930s finally gets his plaque - Daytona Beach News-Journal - Dec. 28, 2019




Perseverance: Episodes of Black History from the Rural South was inspired because many aspects of black history in many parts of the rural South are both underappreciated and under documented. Many of the local episodes of black history in this book occurred in Flagler County, Florida and are excellent microcosms of black history from the rural South. Some of these historic episodes are remarkable and include Ku Klux Klan ties to the county’s founder, the “Famous Christmas Letter to Flagler’s Colored Voters” (which was a community-wide physical threat to prevent blacks from voting), a black bootlegger killed the County Sheriff during a Prohibition raid, no high school was provided for blacks for 32 years, many of the county’s elite white citizens were members of the Citizens’ Council, and the county’s school board filed one of the last and most frivolous law suits of the Civil Rights era as a last-ditch effort to prevent desegregation. You are invited to take a journey through various episodes of black history from the rural South featuring local historical adventures weaved into broader national and international events that span from the European Invasion of the New World, the Plantation-era South, the American Civil War, Jim Crow laws, the two World Wars, the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.

 The book is now available on Amazon:

Read my newly published book: Perseverance: Episodes of Black History from the Rural South