The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s

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Oxford University Press, 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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The fifth volume in Starr's grand and wide-ranging history of California (Endangered Dreams, 1995, etc.). Drawing on a wealth of sources, the author offers a panoramic account of the Golden State ... Read full review

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


Affluence and the AntiDepression
College Towns and Other Rusticated Enclaves
Astronomy and
San Diego Joins the Navy
Localism and WellBeing in PreWar
Los Angeles Through the 1930s
Edward Weston Ansel Adams and the Landscape
Social Realism Comes to Califomia Art
Minimalism and
Californians Contemplate
Life and Art Among the Emigres
Jews and Christians
together part of a single emigre community How could or would Jewish civilization
Bibliographical Essay

Hollywood Battles

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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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