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The national parks : America's best idea. Episode three, The empire of grandeur (1915-1919)

Author: Dayton DuncanKen BurnsPeter CoyoteErik EwersSam WaterstonAll authors
Publisher: [Arlington, Va.] : PBS Home Video : Distributed by PBS Distribution, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : Widescreen edView all editions and formats
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In the early 20th century, America has a dozen national parks, but they are a haphazard patchwork of special places under the supervision of different federal agencies. The conservation movement, after failing to stop the Hetch Hetchy dam, pushes the government to establish one unified agency to oversee all the parks, leading to the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916. Its first director, Stephen  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities
History
Named Person: George B Dorr; Enos Abijah Mills; Stephen Tyng Mather; George B Dorr; Stephen Tyng Mather; Enos Abijah Mills
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Dayton Duncan; Ken Burns; Peter Coyote; Erik Ewers; Sam Waterston; Adam Arkin; Trina Carmody; Murphy Guyer; Derek Jacobi; Josh Lucas; Lee Stetson; Philip Bosco; Kevin Conway; Tom Hanks; John Lithgow; Campbell Scott; John Trudell; 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: 449259734
Language Note: English or Spanish dialogue; optional English or Spanish subtitles ; Closed-captioned; optional audio descriptions for the visually impaired.
Notes: Originally broadcast 2009 as an episode of the public television documentary series.
Disc three of a six disc set.
Credits: Episode editor, Erik Ewers ; supervising film editor, Paul Barnes ; cinematography, Buddy Squires, Allen Moore, Lincoln Else, Ken Burns.
Performer(s): Narrator: Peter Coyote ; voices, Sam Waterston, Adam Arkin, Trina Carmody, Murphy Guyer, Derek Jacobi, Josh Lucas, Lee Stetson, Philip Bosco, Kevin Conway, Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, Campbell Scott, John Trudell.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (136 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: Introduction --
John Muir of the Rockies --
Incandescent enthusiasm --
See America first --
New land --
Mount desert --
The paradox --
The windows of heaven --
Zion --
The grandest canyon on earth --
It's Mr. Dorr.
Other Titles: America's best idea
Empire of grandeur (1915-1919)
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 the early 20th century, America has a dozen national parks, but they are a haphazard patchwork of special places under the supervision of different federal agencies. The conservation movement, after failing to stop the Hetch Hetchy dam, pushes the government to establish one unified agency to oversee all the parks, leading to the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916. Its first director, Stephen Mather, a wealthy businessman and passionate park advocate who fought vigorously to establish the NPS, launches an energetic campaign to expand the national park system and bring more visitors to the parks. Among his efforts is to protect the Grand Canyon from encroaching commercial interests and establish it as a national park, rather than a national monument.

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