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Thinking about the Great Depression usually summons bleak images of breadlines and a mournful refrain of “Brother, can you spare a dime?” But not in Miami Beach, where the party was just getting started. Much of the city’s current identity—from its architecturally striking Art Deco hotels to its role as a getaway for the vacationing wealthy—has its roots in the seemingly dour 1930s. How to explain this odd dichotomy? “As with everything, Miami Beach is not really America,” says Nicolae Harsanyi, associate librarian at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University.

Source: This Exhibit Takes You Back to 1930s Miami Beach
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