330.9759: Knight, Henry. Tropic of Hopes: California, Florida, and the Selling of American Paradise, 1869-1929. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2013. 198 pp. ISBN 978-0-8130-4481-1.
- 300: Social Sciences
- 330: Economics
- 330.9: History
- +759: Florida
After the Civil War, the United States tried many different methods to re-unify its broken landscape and bolster the economy. While the gold rushes of the 1840s and 1850s helped to pull people to the hills of California, that particular strategy was wearing thin during the antebellum years. The completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 changed things, however. Folks could go from coast to coast in a matter of days, not weeks or months. Travels guides and boosterism became the main method for garnering interest in the two coastal states of California and Florida. Henry Knight’s Tropic of Hopes investigates the history and outcomes of the promotion of these two states.