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The national parks : America's best idea. Episode one, The scripture of nature (1851-1890)

Author: Dayton DuncanKen BurnsPeter CoyoteLee StetsonAdam ArkinAll authors
Publisher: [Arlington, Va.] : PBS Home Video : Distributed by PBS Distribution, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : WidescreenView all editions and formats
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In 1851, word spreads across the country of a beautiful area of California' 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities
Named Person: Truman Everts; John Colter; Emma Carpenter Cowan; George F Cowan; John Muir; George Bird Grinnell
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Dayton Duncan; Ken Burns; Peter Coyote; Lee Stetson; Adam Arkin; Philip Bosco; Kevin Conway; Tom Hanks; Josh Lucas; Carolyn McCormick; Tom Bodett; Tim Clark; Murphy Guyer; Gene Jones; Amy Madigan; Eli Wallach; John Muir; Florentine Films.; WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.); Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); PBS Home Video.; PBS Distribution (Firm); National Parks Film Project, LLC. (Firm)
ISBN: 9781415749517 1415749515
OCLC Number: 449240049
Language Note: English or Spanish dialogue; optional English or Spanish subtitles ; Closed-captioned; optional audio descriptions for the visually impaired.
Notes: Originally broadcast in 2009 as an episode of the public television documentary series.
Disc one of a six disc set.
Credits: Supervising film editor [series], episode editor, Paul Barnes ; cinematography, Buddy Squires, Allen Moore, Lincoln Else, Ken Burns.
Performer(s): Narrator: Peter Coyote ; voices Lee Stetson, Adam Arkin, Philip Bosco, Kevin Conway, Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas, Carolyn McCormick, Tom Bodett, Tim Clark, Murphy Guyer, Gene Jones, Amy Madigan, Eli Wallach.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (139 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, NTSC, region 1 ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround or 2.0 stereo.
Contents: Volume 1. --
Introduction --
Yosemite --
Eden --
Unconditional surrender --
Colter's hell --
Truman Everts lost --
Yellowstone National Park --
The Cowan's honeymoon --
The park grab --
Wildness is a necessity --
Credits. Volume 2. Disc 1. Educator's DVD --
disc 2. Untold stories from America's national parks.
Other Titles: America's best idea
Scripture of nature (1851-1890)
Responsibility: a Florentine Films production ; produced in association with WETA Washington, D.C. ; National Films Project, LLC. ; a film by Ken Burns ; written by Dayton Duncan ; produced by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns.

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In 1851, word spreads across the country of a beautiful area of California' 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' first national park: Yellowstone.

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