American historian and California’s State Librarian, best known for his multi-volume series on the history of California, collectively called “Americans and the California Dream. After an impoverished childhood, he received degrees from various universities where he studied california a history kevin starr pdf and literature. Beginning in 1973, Starr wrote nine books on the history of California during his career, along with being professor or visiting lecturer at numerous California universities.
From 1994 to 2004 Starr was California’s State Librarian. He continued writing California history throughout his career, receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship, membership in the Society of American Historians, and the Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California. In 2006 he was presented a National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush for his work as a scholar and historian, and in 2010 was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.
Kevin Starr was born on Sept. He was a seventh generation Californian. Starr’s parents divorced when he was a child.
When he was six his mother had a nervous breakdown, after which Starr and his younger brother, James, were placed in a Roman Catholic orphanage in Ukiah. Five years later, he and his brother were reunited with their mother, where they lived in a public housing project in San Francisco, while they subsisted on welfare. Boniface School in the Tenderloin neighborhood. He later enrolled in the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit institution, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1962.
At the school, he was editor of The Foghorn, the school newspaper. 68th Armored Brigade of the U.
Upon release from the service Starr entered Harvard University, earning an MA degree in 1965, a PhD in American Literature in 1969. Professor of American Literature from 1969-73, and soon thereafter re-established his life in California. After returning to California in 1973, he became an aide and speechwriter to Mayor Joseph Alioto. He was also appointed city librarian, during which time he earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974.