Florida in the Great Depression: Desperation and Defiance

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The financial boom of the 1920s gave Florida citizens a look at prosperity and promise. By 1926, natural disasters, financial misdeeds and failures to realize those promises created a sense of impending doom and forced entrepreneurs into bankruptcy. With the hurricane of 1928, the boom was over, and coupled with bank failures and numerous farming epidemics, Florida plunged into a depression—two years before the stock market crash of 1929. Journey with noted Florida historians Nick Wynne and Joseph Knetsch as they...
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The financial boom of the 1920s gave Florida citizens a look at prosperity and promise. By 1926, natural disasters, financial misdeeds and failures to realize those promises created a sense of impending doom and forced entrepreneurs into bankruptcy. With the hurricane of 1928, the boom was over, and coupled with bank failures and numerous farming epidemics, Florida plunged into a depression—two years before the stock market crash of 1929. Journey with noted Florida historians Nick Wynne and Joseph Knetsch as they detail the hardships of the times and the defiance of a state determined to rise above them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609498061
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,374,662
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Wynne is executive director emeritus of the Florida Historical Society. He obtained his PhD in history from the University of Georgia (1980) and taught at several southern universities. He has published seven books on Florida history. He is also the author of a forthcoming novel.

Dr. Joe Knetsch, a well respected and highly involved Florida historian, has been continuously employed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection since February 1986. Dr. Knetsch has written extensively on Florida history, publishing several titles with The Florida Historical Society Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 A Perfect Paradise: 1920-1926 9

2 Harbingers of Hard Times 17

3 Politics, Politics and More Politics 26

4 The New Deal Under Attack in the Sunshine State 47

5 Biscuit and 'Tater Time 54

6 New Demands and a Growing Labor Shortage 64

7 Cattle and Citrus Prices Tank 73

8 Timber, Turpentine and Forced Labor 80

9 Race and the Urban Migration 86

10 Hoover and the "No Deal" 97

11 "Make-Work" Programs Arrive in the Sunshine State 103

12 The WPA 114

13 The "Hard to Employ" and WPA Projects 125

14 The Federal Writers' Project 136

15 The New Deal and Minorities 141

16 Florida and the "Big Bill" 147

17 The Very Old and the Very Young 156

18 Strange Fruit 167

19 Preparing for the War and Ending the Depression 176

Selected Bibliography 185

Index 189

About the Authors 192

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