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

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

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by Gary R. Mormino
     
 

ISBN-10: 081303308X

ISBN-13: 9780813033082

Pub. Date: 08/12/2008

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Florida is a story of astonishing growth, a state swelling from 500,000 residents at the outset of the 20th century to some 16 million at the end. As recently as mid-century, on the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. At the dawn of the millennium, it is the fourth largest in the country, a megastate that was among those introducing

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Florida is a story of astonishing growth, a state swelling from 500,000 residents at the outset of the 20th century to some 16 million at the end. As recently as mid-century, on the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. At the dawn of the millennium, it is the fourth largest in the country, a megastate that was among those introducing new words into the American vernacular: space coast, climate control, growth management, retirement community, theme park, edge cities, shopping mall, boomburbs, beach renourishment, Interstate, and Internet. Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams attempts to understand the firestorm of change that erupted into modern Florida by examining the great social, cultural, and economic forces driving its transformation.

Gary Mormino ranges far and wide across the landscape and boundaries of a place that is at once America's southernmost state and the northernmost outpost of the Caribbean. From the capital, Tallahassee--a day's walk from the Georgia border--to Miami--a city distant but tantalizingly close to Cuba and Haiti--Mormino traces the themes of Florida's transformation: the echoes of old Dixie and a vanishing Florida; land booms and tourist empires; revolutions in agriculture, technology, and demographics; the seductions of the beach and the dynamics of a graying population; and the enduring but changing meanings of a dreamstate. Beneath the iconography of popular culture is revealed a complex and complicated social framework that reflects a dizzying passage from New Spain to Old South, New South to Sunbelt.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813033082
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
08/12/2008
Series:
Florida History and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
599,269
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1Look away Dixieland : the contours of sunbelt Florida11
2Florida on the installment plan : the third great land boom44
3Tourist empires and the invention of Florida : B.D. (before Disney) to A.D. (after Disney)76
4Old folks at home : the graying of Florida123
5Sunbelt hues : cold wars, hot markets, and nagging doubts149
6Wondrous fruit, bountiful land : from farms to agribusiness185
7Machines in paradise : techno Florida229
8The internationalization of Florida282
9The beach301

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Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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