In the final lecture on Florida, we examine how the tropical state, thanks to innovations like DDT, orange-juice concentrate, and air conditioning, was able to boom at an unimaginable pace, rocketing into the top five biggest states in the union, with massive scientific and artistic communities, a diverse immigrant mosaic, and after the Civil Rights movement, exceptionally volatile and unpredictable politics. We consider the importance of the last great expression of Florida utopianism — namely, Disney World — and the shift into a perceived playground of anarchy and American dreams gone mad, as personified in the notorious “Florida Man.”
Rolling Stone article outlining ways to help Florida, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Ian and Fiona.
Suggested further reading: Gannon, “Florida: A Short History”; Nolan, “Fifty Feet in Paradise: The Booming of Florida.”
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