The National Parks

The National Parks

Episode 2 America's Best Idea

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By the end of the 19th century, widespread industrialization has left many Americans worried about whether the country - once a vast wilderness - will have any pristine land left. At the same time, poachers in the parks are rampant, and visitors think nothing of littering or carving their names near iconic sites like Old Faithful. Congress has yet to establish clear judicial authority or appropriations for the protection of the parks. This sparks a conservation movement by organizations such as the Sierra Club, led by John Muir; the Audubon Society, led by George Bird Grinnell; and the Boone and Crockett Club, led by Theodore Roosevelt. The movement fails, however, to stop San Francisco from building the Hetch Hetchy dam at Yosemite, flooding Muir's "mountain temple" and leaving him broken-hearted before he dies.
Publisher: Solon, Ohio : Findaway World, LLC, [2013], c2013.
ISBN: 9781467636636
Characteristics: 1 video media player (2 hr.) : digital ; 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.


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Oct 03, 2014

A great documentary, full of beautiful views of our national parks and even more beautiful quotes by the likes of Muir, Roosevelt, and Kipling. I especially enjoyed the comments by historian Clay Jenkinson, whose enthusiasm for historical figures is contagious.


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