Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida / Edition 1

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Florida has stirred the imaginations of Walt Disney, Dick Pope, Elizabeth Bishop, and Carl Hiaasen, but beneath the iconography of popular culture Mormino reveals a complex social framework. He ranges far and wide across the landscape of a place that is at once the continental United States' southernmost state and the northernmost outpost of the Caribbean, from sprawling metropolises to those remote regions where the echoes of Old Dixie and a vanishing Florida can still be heard. He evokes contrasting and compelling images: the sacred and profane; the seductions of the beach and the dynamics of a graying population; the Fountain of Youth and a kitschy wasteland. This is a story of character and composition, of people and places, and of the enduring but changing meaning of a dream state.
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On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. Today, it is the fourth-largest state in the entire country. Its explosive growth (from 2.7 million inhabitants in 1950 to 15.9 million in 2000) has transformed every aspect of life in the Sunshine State. Gary Mormino's Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams is the most comprehensive social history of Florida ever published.
Lakeland Ledger
"If you want an entertaining, fact-filled account of how life has changed in the Sunshine State over the past half century or so. Mormino’s account is a must-have. "
Southern Historian
"Anyone teaching modern, southern, or Florida history will want to dip into this book for anecdotes and amusing stories with which to pepper their lectures. The book is conveniently divided into topical subsections to ease such pedagogical mining.. Mormino has a firm grasp on modern Florida and is an effective and enjoyable storyteller."
Orlando Magazine
"[A] compelling story. "
Forum: Magazine of the Florida Humanities Council
"Rich and vivid detail. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813028187
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Florida History and Culture Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Mormino, Duckwall Professor of History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, is the coauthor of The Immigrant World of Ybor City: Italians and Their Latin Neighbors in Tampa, 1885-1985.

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Table of Contents

1 Look away Dixieland : the contours of sunbelt Florida 11
2 Florida on the installment plan : the third great land boom 44
3 Tourist empires and the invention of Florida : B.D. (before Disney) to A.D. (after Disney) 76
4 Old folks at home : the graying of Florida 123
5 Sunbelt hues : cold wars, hot markets, and nagging doubts 149
6 Wondrous fruit, bountiful land : from farms to agribusiness 185
7 Machines in paradise : techno Florida 229
8 The internationalization of Florida 282
9 The beach 301
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    Posted August 15, 2013


    The book sucks dont waste money 5star girl lies

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