Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams by Gary R. Mormino
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Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams
By Gary R. Mormino

Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams

A Social History of Modern Florida

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Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams by Gary R. Mormino

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"This path-breaking book brilliantly explains the explosive growth of Florida from 2.7 million inhabitants in 1950 to 15.9 million in 2000. It focuses on the diverse people who migrated here; the developers of tourism, beaches, shopping malls, and gated communities; new technology (from air conditioning to the space age); and the impact of this growth and development upon the environment."--James B.Crooks, professor emeritus, University of North Florida"This is the first comprehensive social history of Florida in any of its epochs. A brilliant compilation of data, it will be the standard against which all future such efforts in Florida will be measured."--Michael Gannon, professor emeritus, University of FloridaFlorida 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813033082
ISBN-10: 081303308X
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 30mm)
Pages: 478
Imprint: University Press of Florida
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gary R. Mormino

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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