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Miami Beach fires historian hired to write centennial book

Miami Beach has fired a historian hired to write a book commemorating the city’s centennial.

The Miami Herald reports that City Manager Jimmy Morales fired Seth Bramson on Friday over concerns with his manuscript for the coffee table book.

The city’s Hispanic Affairs Committee complained that Bramson used the terms “Hispanic” and “Spanish” interchangeably in the book. Officials also took issue with a chapter recounting scandals from 2000 through 2012, including the arrests of city employees on corruption charges.

In an email to Bramson, Morales said the book would “divide the community and rehash ugly chapters of the past.”

Bramson told the Herald that he was disappointed but he had no hard feelings.

Morales said the book project would be re-evaluated after a 100-hour centennial celebration starting March 22.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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