Inventing the Dream: California Through the Progressive Era

Inventing the Dream California Through the Progressive Era This second volume in Kevin Starr s passionate and ambitious cultural history of the Golden State focuses on the turn of the century years and the emergence of Southern California as a regional cultur

  • Title: Inventing the Dream: California Through the Progressive Era
  • Author: Kevin Starr
  • ISBN: 9780195042344
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • This second volume in Kevin Starr s passionate and ambitious cultural history of the Golden State focuses on the turn of the century years and the emergence of Southern California as a regional culture in its own right How hauntingly beautiful, how replete with lost possibilities, seems that Southern California of two and three generations ago, now that a dramatically diThis second volume in Kevin Starr s passionate and ambitious cultural history of the Golden State focuses on the turn of the century years and the emergence of Southern California as a regional culture in its own right How hauntingly beautiful, how replete with lost possibilities, seems that Southern California of two and three generations ago, now that a dramatically different society has emerged in its place, writes Starr.

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      Kevin Starr was an American historian, best known for his multi volume series on the history of California, collectively called America and the California Dream.

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    • This is the book I’ve been waiting for. In the second volume, Starr trains his analytical eye toward Southern California and the explosive growth of Los Angeles. This was a period of turbulent change in the state of California – the progressive and temperance movement followed by salacious 1920’s Hollywood. It was a pleasure learning about the lives of people and companies whose names I see on the road every day – Wilshire, Rodeo, Royce Hall, Beverly Hills.


    • Starr's histories of California are well-written and interesting. This volume focused almost exclusively on Los Angeles, with some forays into the Central Valley and San Francisco; the previous book was almost all about San Francisco. Kevin Starr deeply explores the idea of LA/Hollywood as a dreamy ideal, and how that evolved over time from the Mission Revival phase to the last chapters, about the beginnings of the movie industry and Hollywood. I was hoping for a somewhat different angle for res [...]


    • Starr writes history that combines straight forward "who, what, when" facts with digressions into literary criticism and pyschologlogical speculation. This is a blend that is quite apt for California, and I have found volume one and two to be rewarding. Starr (who is also the state librarian for California) also includes excellent essays on his sources for each chapter, which makes further reading a snap! For example, after reading his first volume "Americans and the Californian Dream", I read " [...]


    • This volume 2 was published in 1985, 12 years after the first, mmm makesone wonder if the author originally envisioned a Dreamin' series?Either way, I'm glad he continued, 'Inventing the Dream' focuses onSouthern California. I found it more interesting reading as faras the time period and subject matter than the first.Many of the personalities introduced in the first are replayed.I imagine that's because the book must stand on its own, the yearscovered do overlap a bit and they were published 12 [...]


    • "Inventing the Dream" offers a comprehensive view of California from the 1850's to the Progressive Era. Generous coverage of Southern California reveals great stories in some of its most influential characters that helped turn a pristine landscape into a booming economy and point of destination for Easterners in search of new challenges and endless opportunities.Hollywood and the film industry serve as the emphasis for this book's final chapters. And there is in these ending chapters one story o [...]


    • A companion volume to AMERICANS AND THE CALIFORNIA DREAM, which focused on the development of Northern California, this book traces the early, post-conquest history of the Southland, culminating in the turn of the century rise of the Progressive movement, its collapse, and the birth of Hollywood. Starr thoroughly explores the Progressives, a movement of Protestant, Midwestern, xenophobic Chamber of Commerce types (James Phelan, the Progressive Mayor of San Francisco, was an exception to all of t [...]


    • sometimes i wonder how i could not have read these books when i lived in CA -- how could i not have known. for years i hard about the waterfront strike - "shoulder to shoulder" but it wasn't until this series that i put it together. and the california arts and crafts movement - i had seen it as CA's version of England and yet it was so part of the georgraphy, geology, climate - it was california


    • Kevin Starr is the pre-eminent chronicler of the California adventure. He has a remarkable command of the many hopes and desires that have driven us for the past century and a half, and he shares them with perceptive intelligence. This particular volume of his multi-volume work explores the moment that shaped the California we live in now. A fine way to get a sense of who we are, and why.


    • Another detailed book on the history of California. Bit by bit I am gaining more in depth perspective of my state. This book spanned the turn of the last century through the early 1920's. Of particular interest to me was the begining of the movie industry in Hollywood and the craftsman period in Pasadena and the Arroyo. I think Kevin Starr's books would be of most interest to Californios.


    • Kevin Starr is personally responsible for turning me into a history buff. Anyone growing up in LA in the 50s needs to read this book to dispel all the myth and nonsense about the "glamour" of Hollywood etc. It's really a fun read and full of great pictures too.


    • Such an interesting approach to telling the story of California from the still Spanish-inflected 19th century through the heady early days of silent Hollywood. Will definitely use the last two chapters as introductory texts for my class in the spring!



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