Material Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920s
ISBN: 019507260X
EAN13: 9780195072600
Language: English
Publication Date: Oct 17, 1991
Pages: 496
Dimensions: 1.11" H x 8.81" L x 5.63" W
Weight: 1.67 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Kevin Starr is the foremost chronicler of the California dream and indeed one of the finest narrative historians writing today on any subject. The first two installments of his monumental cultural history, Americans and the California Dream, have been hailed as mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting) (The New York Times Book Review) and rich in details and alive with interesting, and sometimes incredible people (Los Angeles Times). Now, in Material Dreams, Starr turns to one of the most vibrant decades in the Golden State's history, the 1920s, when some two million Americans migrated to California, the vast majority settling in or around Los Angeles.
In a lively and eminently readable narrative, Starr reveals how Los Angeles arose almost defiantly on a site lacking many of the advantages required for urban development, creating itself out of sheer will, the Great Gatsby of American cities. He describes how William Ellsworth Smyth, the Peter the Hermit of the Irrigation Crusade, the self-educated, Irish engineer William Mulholland (who built the main aquaducts to Los Angeles), and George Chaffey (who diverted the Colorado River, transforming desert into the lush Imperial Valley) brought life-supporting water to the arid South. He examines the Read More chevron_right

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