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UT Tyler History Professor Receives Harry T. and Harriet V. Moore Award

Dr. Daniel S. Murphree, assistant professor of history, will receive the Harry T and Harriet V. Moore Award by the Florida Historical Society, Dr. Alisa White, UT Tyler interim chair of the College of Arts and Sciences, announced.

He will be honored with the award for his book, Constructing Floridians: Natives and Europeans in the Colonial Floridas, 1513-1783, at the society’s annual awards ceremony May 24 in Clearwater, Fla.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Murphree. “I hope the book highlights the continuing value of the Moores’ experiences and the significance of exploring interethnic relationships.”

This award honors Harry and Harriet Moore, who were murdered in 1951 because of their civil rights efforts throughout Florida. Constructing Floridians, by exploring the origins of racialization, examines how the peoples of Spain, France, Great Britain and half a dozen Florida tribes forged understandings through their individual and collective ideas and activities.

Three other new University Press of Florida books will receive recognition at the ceremony.

FHS, the only statewide historical society in Florida, serves to collect, preserve and publish materials relating to the history of Florida and its peoples, as well as to provide a forum for professional historians and laypersons interested in Florida history.

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