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Tropic of Hopes : California, Florida, and the Selling of American Paradise, 1869-1929 (Reprint)

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“Pushes aside the palm fronds celebrated by boosters to explain how the nineteenth-century frontiers of barren southern California and waterlogged southern Florida were reimagined as havens for American leisure and agriculture. This is the story of the birth of modern America.”—Anthony J. Stanonis, author of Creating the Big Easy: New Orleans and the Emergence of Modern Tourism, 1918–1945

“A refreshingly original and subtly nuanced study of how nineteenth- and twentieth-century boosters sold Florida and California as ‘semi-tropical’ lands worthy of serious attention. With clarity and insight, Knight provides an instructive and provocative look at the peculiar machinations of identity formation in America.”—Rebecca McIntyre, author ofSouvenirs of the Old South: Northern Tourism and Southern Mythology

After the Civil War, two states emerged as America’s paradise destinations. Transformed from remote, sparsely populated locales into two of the most publicized destinations in the country, California and Florida also became the most desirable. Private companies, state agencies, and journalists all lent a hand in creating the seductive, expansionist imagery that promoted the semitropical states, selling the idea of an attainable paradise within the United States.Henry Knight examines and compares the way the two states were promoted, adding to existing historiographies on California and Florida while providing expert analysis of how railroad kingpins, land barons, agriculturalists, and chambers of commerce invented and popularized an image of these states as the American Paradise.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 266
Genre: Business + Money Management, History
Sub-Genre: USA / State + Local / South, USA / State + Local / West, Industries / Hospitality + Travel + Tourism
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
Author: Henry Knight
Language: English
Street Date: November 5, 2015
TCIN: 21406926
UPC: 9780813061993
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-5666
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