The History of California's Varied Regions

State Librarian, Kevin Starr, chronicles the history of California's varied regions.

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October 29, 2000, 7:00 AM PST

By Ali Valenzuela


In these reflections on the Regions of California: Past, Present & Future, our erudite State Librarian, Kevin Starr, guides us through Califonia's history, examining the multiple identities within our borders and teasing out the common threads in the development of our State consciousness. The Gold Rush, the modernism of post-WWII, and the Internet have all shaped the Californian mind-set, which in turn has shaped our built environment. Mr. Starr concludes that California is a federation of quasi-autonomies, but also sees a nascent convergence in a moral and regional vision, where the whole is a sum of its parts, and each part a microcosm of the whole.

Thanks to Ali Valenzuela

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