The National Parks

The National Parks

America's Best Idea

Streaming Video - 2009
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In 1851, word spreads across the country of a beautiful area of California's Yosemite Valley, attracting visitors who wish to exploit the land's scenery for commercial gain and those who wish to keep it pristine. Among the latter is a Scottish-born wanderer named John Muir, for whom protecting the land becomes a spiritual calling. In 1864, Congress passes an act that protects Yosemite from commercial development for "public use, resort and recreation" - the first time in world history that any government has put forth this idea - and hands control of the land to California. Meanwhile, a "wonderland" in the northwest corner of the Wyoming territory attracts visitors to its bizarre landscape of geysers, mud pots and sulfur pits. In 1872, Congress passes an act to protect this land as well. Since it is located in a territory, rather than a state, it becomes America's first national park: Yellowstone.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Characteristics: 1 online resource (6 video files (ca. 750 min.)) : sd., col
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Mar 04, 2018

Excellent series of programmes that explores the development of US National Park. The problems of putting aside wild places "for the people" is explored when National Parks was a brand new idea. Presently we know preserving lands is presently critical for the survival of many species of plants and animals, ecosystems, and ourselves.

Nov 12, 2013

This is one of the most moving documentary series I've seen. I was moved by the footage, history of our nation and the commentary of those interviewed. It's worth every moment of the six disc series.

Feb 02, 2012

Saw this on PBS and it was phenomenal! Beautiful shots!

Jan 22, 2010

An outstanding documentary


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