cracker books


For the best overview of Florida’s history relating to settlers and cow heritage, the Florida Cow Culture Preservation Committee recommends A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith. This epic story is well-written, historically and culturally accurate, entertaining and easy to read. It has everything: adventure, action, comedy, and more than one love story. We also recommend The Florida Cowman written by Joe Akerman, Jr. and published by the Florida Cattlemen’s Association.

Several publishers, including the Pineapple Press and the University Press of Florida, have an excellent selection of Florida-related books, including Cracker history. Many museums also offer an excellent selection of Florida books. Click on the titles below for more information.

The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles by Nic Stoltzfus

A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith

Live from the Devil by Wyatt Blassingame

Florida Cow Hunter: The Life and Times of Bone Mizell by Jim Bob Tinsley

Florida’s Frontier: The Way Hit Wuz by Mary Ida Bass Barber Shearhart

Before The Timber Was Cut: The Life and Memoirs of a Florida Cracker by Gilbert Tucker

The Trouble of It Is by David Newell

If Nothin’ Don’t Happen by David Newell

The Barefoot Mailman by Theodore Pratt

Cracker: Cracker Culture in Florida History by Dana M. Ste. Claire

Conquerors: The Roots of New World Horsemanship by Deb Bennet

Old Tales and Trails of Florida by Myrtle Hilliard Crow

The End of The Oxcart Trail by Maria Stone

Florida Cowman: A History of Florida Cattle Raising by Joe Akerman, Jr.

Pioneer Daughter by Margaret Garnett Harris

Tellable Cracker Tales by Annette Bruce

More Tellable Cracker Tales by Annette Bruce

Jacob Summerlin: King of the Crackers by Joe Akerman Jr. and J. Mark Akerman

Crackers in The Scrub: Adventures And Stories About Florida’s Cracker Cowboys by Miles H. Plowden

Cracker: Florida’s Enduring Cowboys by Jon Kral and Carl Hiaasen

Tales of Florida Crackers, History, Hunting, and Humor by Ann Taylor

Riders of the Suwannee: A Cracker Western by Lee Gramling

Judge Platt: Tales From a Florida Cattleman by Lester “Judge” Platt; Foreword by Doyle E. Conner