Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963

Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963

by Kevin Starr


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199832491
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/09/2011
Series: Americans and the California Dream Series
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 547,130
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Kevin Starr is University Professor and Professor of History, University of Southern California, and State Librarian of California Emeritus. His Americans and the California Dream series has earned him the National Medal for the Humanities, the Centennial Medal of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University, the Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California, a Guggenheim fellowship, and election to the Society of American Historians.

Table of Contents

Part One: Suburban Assumptions
1. San Fernando: Homes and Happiness in Residential Subdivisions
2. Designs for the Good Life: Modernism, Tiki, Ranch
Part Two: Urban Perspectives
3. Urban Expectations: San Diego Leverages Itself into Big City Status
4. Baghdad by the Bay: Herb Caen's San Francisco
5. The Cardinal, the Chief, Buff, and Walter O'Malley: Upgrading the City of Angels
6. Downsides and Dividends: Los Angeles as Super City
Part Three: Politics and Public Works
7. Common Ground and the Party of California: The Reluctant Retirement of Goodwin J. Knight
8. Cold War Campus: The University of California and Other Secret Places
9. Freeways to the Future: An Epic Construction on Behalf of the Automobile
10. Mare Nostrum: Achieving the California Water Project
Part Four: Art and Life
11. Provincials, Baghdader, and Beats: Literary San Francisco in the 1950s
12. Big Sur: The Search for Alternative Value
13. The Silent Generation: Coming of Age on the Coast of Dreams
14. Brubeck! Jazz Goes to College
Part Five: Growth and the Environment
15. Ahwahnee and the John Muir Trail: Variations on an Outdoor Theme
16. Largest State in the Nation: A Rebellion against Growth and the Destruction of the Environment
Part Six: Changing Times
17. Dissenting Opinions: California Enters the Nineteen Sixties
18. Cool, Not Cool: Epilogues and Transitions
Bibliographic Essay

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