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Myth and history in the creation of Yellowstone National Park

Author: Paul Schullery; Lee H Whittlesey
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Does a beloved institution need its own myths to survive? Can conservationists avoid turning their heroes into legends? Should they try? Yellowstone National Park, a global icon of conservation and national beauty, was born at the most improbable of times: the American Gilded Age, when altruism seemed extinct and society's vision seemed focused on only greed and growth. Perhaps that is why the park's "creation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schullery, Paul.
Myth and history in the creation of Yellowstone National Park.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)904215295
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Schullery; Lee H Whittlesey
ISBN: 0803243057 9780803243057 0803234732 9780803234734
OCLC Number: 51446002
Description: xv, 125 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. In Camp That Night --
2. A Rather Unusual Discussion --
3. On the Documentary Trail from Madison Junction --
4. Coming to Terms with Nathaniel Langford --
5. Altruists and Realists --
6. Spreading the Word --
7. The Debate --
8. It Came Out All Right! --
9. Leaving It All Behind --
10. Myth and Responsibility --
Conclusion: Campfire Lessons --
App. Known and Reported Accounts of the Washburn Expedition.
Responsibility: Paul Schullery and Lee Whittlesey.
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An exploration of the myth and the reality of the creation of Yellowstone National Park and how these ideas reflect the history and culture of the Gilded Age  Read more...

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"A gem... One can only hope that this entertaining volume, which is as much mystery as history, will be widely read, enlightening us about both the park and the pitfalls of myths."-Robert W. Righter, Read more...

 
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