Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915

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Oxford University Press, Dec 4, 1986 - Fiction - 494 pages
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Examining California's formative years, this innovative study seeks to discover the origins of the California dream and the social, psychological, and symbolic impact it has had not only on Californians but also on the rest of the country.
  

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Review: Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915 (Americans and the California Dream #1)

User Review  - The Book Maven - Goodreads

I tried. I tried for 178 pages and three weeks, but I couldn't do it anymore. This book is an extremely academic and contemplative look not at the history of California as such, but rather the concept ... Read full review

Review: Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915 (Americans and the California Dream #1)

User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

The first thing to recognize before reading this book is that it unabashedly follows the “great man” theory of history. This is NOT a people's history of California (although later volumes might be ... Read full review

Contents

Prophetic Patterns 17861850
3
Beyond Eldorado
49
City on a Hill
69
A Rapid Monstrous Maturity
110
Because I am a Californian The Loyalties of Josiah Royce
142
Sport Mountaineering and Life on the Land
172
The Sonoma Finale of Jack London Rancher
210
Bohemian Shores
239
Life among the Best and Truest David Starr Jordan and the Founding of Stanford University
307
Gertrude Atherton Daughter of the Elite
345
An American Mediterranean
365
Americans and the California Dream
415
Notes
445
Further Sources
460
Index
480
Copyright

The City Beautiful and the San Francisco Fair
288

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About the author (1986)

Kevin Starr is at University of San Francisco.

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