South Florida Folklife

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South Florida summons tropical vacationland images—gleaming beaches, exotic foods, colorful costumes, and grand hotels. Yet beyond this facade teems a rich folklife that is the subject of this alluring book.

The three collaborating authors present south Florida folklife from the 1930s to the present in four parts: the Everglades and Gulf Coast, the Miami megalopolis, the Keys, and the seasonal residents and tourists.

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Overview

South Florida summons tropical vacationland images—gleaming beaches, exotic foods, colorful costumes, and grand hotels. Yet beyond this facade teems a rich folklife that is the subject of this alluring book.

The three collaborating authors present south Florida folklife from the 1930s to the present in four parts: the Everglades and Gulf Coast, the Miami megalopolis, the Keys, and the seasonal residents and tourists.

Together, these create a mosaic of contrasts. South Florida embraces extravagant wealth and heartbreaking poverty, constant evolution and solid tradition, tropical peace and devastating storms, settled generations and the newest Americans. It is a folk region identified not by physical or political boundaries, but by its hot, sultry climate and the many people who interact with the land and with one another.

South Florida Folklife explores the area for the first time from a folklorist’s perspective and firmly establishes it as a microcosm of the United States,

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Explores the traditional forms of expression and behavior in the Everglades and Gulf Coast, the Miami megalopolis, the Keys, and among the tourists and seasonal residents. The topics include the Seminole and Miccosukee, the Crackers, the Cubans, the Nicaraguans, and skills and occupations. Paper edition (unseen), $13.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878056606
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Series: Folklife in the South Series
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Everglades 1
1 The Seminole and Miccosukee 3
2 The Crackers 37
Pt. 2 Miami 65
3 The Cubans 67
4 The New Miami: Nicaraguans and Islanders 101
5 Land and Sea: Traditional Skills and Occupations 137
Pt. 3 Key West and the Keys 165
6 Florida's Tropical Islands 167
Pt. 4 Tourism 199
7 Tourist Traditions 201
Conclusion 231
Bibliographical Essay 233
Bibliography 241
Index 251
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