Americans and the California Dream 1850-1915

Americans and the California Dream 1850-1915

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 147.32 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • photos
  • 0195042336
  • 9780195042337
  • 1,091,777

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Written by a native San Franciscan who combines a moving and expressive style with the objective eye of the scholar, Professor Starr's chronicle will appeal to all those who relish American history set forth in vivid detail and enriched with more

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A captivating narrative that documents the importance of myth and imagination in attracting Americans to California before World War I. * R.H. Limbaugh, University of the Pacific * A highly original inquiry into the interplay of vision and event.' * Virginia Quarterly Review * An exceptional work, both in thought and magnitude....Both scholars and laymen will find this volume a worthwhile addition to their libraries. * History: Reviews of New Books * A vivid portrayal of the rich and varied intellectual forces which helped shape one of our most distinctive regional cultures. * St. Louis Post-Dispatch * Indispensable...Starr's book does for California what Henry Nash Smith's 'Virgin Land' did for the opening of the West: it demonstrates how idea, myth, misconception and hope shaped and often distorted a developing society. * Los Angeles Times * A very important book. * Joseph H. Krause, California State University, Long Beach * One devil of a fine book, a book only a native Californian could write...about the Inner Life of California, the psychic landscape that emerges from the works and ways of her writers, both native and self-adopted. The result is a mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting) study. * The New York Times Book Review * [Starr] is bringing much to Western social and literary history. * American Historical Review * Highly readable....The book is full of surprises, it is constantly challenging....A fine performance. * Pacific Historical Review *show more

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