The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s

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Oxford University Press, Sep 15, 2002 - History - 480 pages
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The fifth volume in Starr's classic history of California, The Dream Endures shows how Californians rebounded from the Great Depression to emerge in the 1930s into what is now known as "the good life." Starr illustrates the ways the good life prospered in California--in film, fiction, leisure, and architecture. Starr looks at the newly important places where Californians lived out this sunny lifestyle: areas like Los Angeles (where Hollywood lived), Palm Springs (where Hollywood vacationed), San Diego (where the Navy went), the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (where Einstein changed his view of the universe), and college towns like Berkeley.
"In this, more than any other of Starr's monumental California histories, we see the stirrings of uniqueness in the social and cultural evolution of California. Starr's theme is relevant to all of America and the national destiny."--Neil Morgan, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Enormously sensitive and moving. Social and cultural history doesn't get any better."--San Francisco Chronicle
"In his monumental continuing study of California, Kevin Starr belongs in the company of the best."--Herbert Gold, Los Angeles Times Book Review
  

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The dream endures: California enters the 1940s

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This latest volume of California State Librarian Starr's series (after Endangered Dreams, LJ 10/15/95) revisits the Golden State during the Thirties and focuses on the cultural, geographical, and ... Read full review

Review: The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s (Americans and the California Dream #5)

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As I continue through this series I am struck by California's reflection of the American Zeitgeist. This book is a corollary to the previous book which describes the trials and tribulations of a ... Read full review

Contents

Affluence and the AntiDepression
3
College Towns and Other Rusticated Enclaves
28
Astronomy and
61
San Diego Joins the Navy
90
Localism and WellBeing in PreWar
115
Los Angeles Through the 1930s
157
Edward Weston Ansel Adams and the Landscape
208
Social Realism Comes to Califomia Art
226
Minimalism and
285
Californians Contemplate
323
Life and Art Among the Emigres
342
Jews and Christians
367
together part of a single emigre community How could or would Jewish civilization
386
Bibliographical Essay
403
Acknowledgments
429
Copyright

Hollywood Battles
244

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Kevin Starr is State Librarian of California and University Professor in the Department of History at the University of Southern California. He is the author of six books in the Americans and the California Dream series.

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