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

Henry Knight

Abstract

Tropic of Hopes: California, Florida, and the Selling of American Paradise, 1869-1929, shows how ideas of tropicality were central to the selling of California and Florida in the period of transformative development from 1869 to 1929. Promotional visions of Southern California and peninsular Florida as “semi-tropical” lands cast the two states as attractive, redemptive alternatives to an increasingly industrialized and urbanized “older” America: the semi-tropical states, in particular, offered formation narratives of evolved living for incoming Americans. California possessed advantages and st ... More

Keywords: California, Florida, Promotion, Tropicality, Republicanism, Race, Tourism, Agriculture, Cities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780813044811
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813044811.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Knight, author