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The New Deal In South Florida


The New Deal In South Florida



This book examines some of the most significant social and economic difficulties confronting south Florida during the 1930s and explores the interventions proposed and carried out by members of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal administration. In the broadest sense, New Dealers set out to regain national economic strength by reordering the national landscape and its resources during the Depression. In order to grapple with the complexities that such a reorganization entailed, this collection of essays looks across the disciplinary lines of political science and design history to uncover how the physical characteristics and qualities of life in south Florida were permanently transformed by the impact of New Deal building programs. There has been much recent scholarly interest in exploring the New Deal in the South. In south Florida, the tensions were many and involved pressures upon traditional agricultural interests from the growing urban populations; the conflicting needs of young working populations with families and growing numbers of retirees; the challenges to ideas of race and community brought about by sprawling city neighborhoods; the efforts to develop a city reliant upon tourism that attracts new residents through community services and amenities; and the difficulties of balancing an image of south Florida as the fast-paced and edgy winter playground of Jai-Alai, boat races, air shows, and dog and horse racing with that of serene natural beauty, parks, and beaches.



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University Press of Florida


Gainesville, FL


Economic policy, Politics and government, Florida, Social conditions, 20th century


Economics | Growth and Development | Political Economy

The New Deal In South Florida