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Tropic of Hopes
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Just after the Civil War, two states prominently laid claim to being America's paradise destinations. Private companies, state agencies, and journalists all lent a hand in creating a seductive, expansionist imagery that promoted semitropical California and Florida and helped "sell" Americans on the idea of an attainable paradise within the United States.

In Tropic of Hopes, Henry Knight examines the promotion of California and Florida from the end of the Civil War to the eve of the Great Depression, a period when both states were transformed from remote, sparsely populated locales into two of the most publicized and dreamed-about destinations in America. Using the discussion of climate, geography, race, and environment to link agricultural, tourist, and urban development in these regions, Knight provides a highly original and informative account.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. x-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. "Our" Tropical Lands: Reinventions of California and Florida after the Civil War
  2. pp. 17-44
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  1. 2. A Climate for Health and Wealth: The Lure of Tropical Leisure on American Soil
  2. pp. 45-80
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  1. 3. The Fruits of Labor: Boosterist Visions of Republican Renewal and Semi-Tropical Agriculture
  2. pp. 81-116
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  1. 4. Desert and Swamp: The Conquest of Tropical Nature in the Progressive Era
  2. pp. 117-154
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  1. 5. "New Edens of the Saxon Home-Seeker": Los Angeles, Miami, and Semi-Tropical Urban Life
  2. pp. 155-188
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  1. Conclusion: Beyond America's Tropic of Hopes
  2. pp. 189-198
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-236
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-254
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 255-266
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 267-267
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