Humboldt Fog chèvre, born in a dream.
California's artisan cheese-making industry has followed the changing tastes of the state's population waves, from the mid-1800s through today.
Immaculate Heart College Art Department c. 1955.
Photograph by Fred Swartz. Image courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles.
In the '60s, a Roman Catholic religious order, the Immaculate Heart Sisters, created a new vision of a religious community. Meghan Markle, engaged to Prince Harry, attended the high school founded by the nuns.
Charles Manson leaves a Los Angeles courtroom in March 1970.
George Brich/AP Photo
Desperate to achieve fame by any means necessary, Manson was ahead of his time: Today, the delirious pursuit of fame has gone mainstream.
Women shipfitters working on board the USS Nereus at the U.S. Navy Yard in Mare Island, circa 1943.
Department of Defense
Thousands of American women moved west to take advantage of wartime employment opportunities during WWII. For some, this version of the California dream was temporary; for others, it lasted a lifetime.
Aerial view of San Jose, California, 2016.
Silicon Valley brought together natural surroundings, suburban homes and futuristic high-tech work. But industrial pollution betrayed the California dream.
A small – but powerful – Latino middle class has emerged in California, led by elites like State Senator Kevin de Leon.
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
Scholars say elites are critical to helping ethnic communities thrive. So, who are the Latino elites and what work are they doing for their community?
Is the California Dream still alive and well?
Millions of people have imagined California, but only one man was its historian.
Students at Berkeley campus.
AP Photo/Ben Margot, File
Post-World War II California built an unrivalled system of higher education combining access, affordability and choice. Then a contraction of the vision came in the 1980s.
While Prop 13 may have saved the California dream for some, it destroyed it for many others.
AP Photo/Lennox McLendon
In 1978, Californians voted to pass Proposition 13, which slashed property taxes and ushered in an era of underinvestment, ending the 'California dream' for many.
Big Sur coastline.
Ashley Spratt, USFWS
For 50 years California has used laws and policies to manage development along its 1,100-mile coastline and preserve public access to the shore. Climate change will make that task harder.
Old West, as seen through 1967 Orange County eyes.
Orange County Archives
Knott's Berry Farm and others romanticize the state's past and influence visitors’ sense of history. But their ideology reflects mid-20th-century political conservatism more than settlers' reality.
A May Day protest in San Francisco. The state is at odds with the Trump administration on a number of policies, notably immigration and environment.
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
Defiant against Trump's policies on immigration and environment, California finds itself defending its way of life – the California Dream itself.