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Kevin Starr is California State Librarian and University Professor at the University of Southern California. He is the author of the acclaimed multi-volume series "Americans and the California Dream" (1973-1998). Richard J. Orsi is Professor of History at California State University, Hayward, and editor of "California History." He is the coeditor of "Contested Eden: California before the Gold Rush" (California, 1998) and "A Golden State: Mining and Economic Development in Gold Rush California" (California, 1999).