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

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 30/11/2015
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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.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813061993
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A rare comparative history of tourism development, one that makes a variety of connections: between peninsular Florida and southern California, between tourist and agricultural promotion of each, and between each of these areas and the rest of their respective states."--Reviews in American History

"An engaging, insightful book that offers us a cultural history of economic development in an era when health, independence, and the good life itself were being redefined."--Business History Review

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