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At The Dawn of Tourism in Florida: Abolitionists, Print Media, and Images of Early Vacationers

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At The Dawn of Tourism in Florida: Abolitionists, Print Media, and Images of Early Vacationers

John T. Foster Jr. makes a compelling argument that the birth of tourism in Florida did not begin with the railroad barons of the 1880s as is popularly believed, but with abolitionist writers of the Reconstruction era, following the C ivil War. Progressive Northerners were lured to the state with colorful descriptions of desirable weather and abundant natural beauty. It was with these forward-thinking writers that Modern Florida was born.

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