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Mormino’s “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams” wins Florida Historical Society Tebeau Award


Friday, June 9, 2006.

The University Press of Florida is pleased to announce that “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams” (UPF, 2005) by Gary R. Mormino has won the Florida Historical Society’s 2006 Charlton Tebeau Book Award.

Mormino tells the story of Florida’s astonishing growth, swelling from 500,000 residents at the outset of the 20th century to some 16 million at the end. As recently as mid-century, on the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. At the dawn of the millennium, it is the fourth largest in the country, a megastate that was among those introducing new words into the American vernacular: space coast, climate control, growth management, retirement community, theme park, edge cities, shopping mall, boomburbs, beach renourishment, Interstate, and Internet. “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams” attempts to understand the firestorm of change that erupted into modern Florida by examining the great social, cultural, and economic forces driving its transformation.

Writes Michael Gannon, professor emeritus, University of Florida, “This is the first comprehensive social history of Florida in any of its epochs. A brilliant compilation of data, it will be the standard against which all future such efforts in Florida will be measured.”

Mormino, professor of history at the University of South Florida, is coeditor of Spanish Pathways in Florida, 1492-1992, and coauthor of The Immigrant World of Ybor City (UPF).

The Florida Historical Society presented the award May 26 at the Registry Resort in Naples, Florida.


Diana Wayne,, 352-392-1351


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