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A World More ConcreteReal Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida$
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N. D. B. Connolly

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226115146

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226135250.001.0001

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Bargaining and Hoping

Bargaining and Hoping

(p.45) Chapter Two Bargaining and Hoping
A World More Concrete

N. D. B. Connolly

University of Chicago Press

This chapter highlights white, black, and indigenous people’s efforts create new opportunities for political power during the inflation and bursting of Miami’s real estate bubble during the 1920s. It illustrates the links between racial violence and economic growth, and details how white supremacy set the terms for real estate speculation, for conflicts between black Americans and black Caribbean people, and for a series of political transactions that included the surrendering of some 150,000 acres of Seminole Indian land to the real estate interests of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. During the 1920s, this chapter illustrates, South Floridians laid the foundation for Jim Crow’s political culture. And that culture included accepting violence against black people, and “unlawful” black people in particular, as part of acceptable practices of commercial development and good government.

Keywords:   Caribbean migrants, Seminole Indians, African Americans, racial terrorism, tourism, real estate, Central Negro District

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