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The authors show how the Cuban luck tale has reworked the nature of Miami whereas delineating extra sharply the identification of different ethnic groups. --New York instances ebook Review"Makes a case for the significance of political capital . . . in development ethnic solidarity."--Contemporary Sociology

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Population of the Miami metropolitan area, 1980. Metro-Dade Planning Department, Research Division, Dade County Facts (Miami: Metropolitan Dade County Government, 1990), 2, 6. exiles in the United States to come pick up their relatives. 1 On April 20, two lobster boats carrying about forty Cubans arrived in Key West. The following day, Radio Havana reported that eleven more boats were leaving Mariel; meanwhile, twenty-five Miami-based boats were said to be en route to Mariel. 25 percent of all persons that abandoned Cuba through the port of Mariel had delinquent backgrounds as follows: Page 21 1.

Rich chronicles of the Florida peninsula and the island of Cuba written by historians such as Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Alva Moore Parks, Hugh Thomas, and Herminio Portell Vila helped us understand the long-term trends that gave rise to modern Miami. Yet most of these histories ended just as the city's unique transformation was getting under way. As we turned to the present, the data-gathering routine became less routine: scarcely a day passed without some new development taking place in the city.

Ethnic Groups' Employment by Sector, Dade County, 1960-80 41 4. Characteristics of Haitian Entrants in South Florida, 1983 57 5. Growth of Miami's Black Businesses, 1977-87 180 6. Black- and Cuban-owned Firms, 1987 182 7. Employment and Business Establishments in the Miami Metropolitan Area, 1950-87 209 8. Ethnic Composition of Metropolitan Miami, 1950-90 211 Page xi Preface Miami is not a microcosm of the American city. It never was. From its very beginnings a century ago, the Biscayne Bay metropolis possessed an air of unreality, a playground divorced from its natural habitat by the deeds of Yankee developers.

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