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The National parks : America's best idea : [scripture of nature, 1851-1890]

Author: Ken BurnsDayton DuncanLee StetsonPeter CoyotePaul BarnesAll authors
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011]
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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: Nonfiction television programs
Television programs
Educational television programs
Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Named Person: Truman Everts; John Colter; Emma Carpenter Cowan; George F Cowan; John Muir; George Bird Grinnell
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Burns; Dayton Duncan; Lee Stetson; Peter Coyote; Paul Barnes; Buddy Squires; Florentine Films.; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.
OCLC Number: 789673341
Notes: Streaming video file.
Originally broadcast as episode one of the six-part television documentary series on PBS in 2009.
Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 23, 2011.
Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Credits: Supervising series film editor, episode editor, Paul Barnes ; cinematography, Buddy Squires.
Performer(s): Narrator: Peter Coyote, featuring the voice of Lee Stetson ... [et al.].
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 1 video file (ca. 113 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Details: Mode of access: Internet.
Contents: Introduction: The National Parks: America's Best Idea--A Film by Ken Burns--Part 1, "The Scripture of Nature" (1851-1890) (2:53) --
Nature's Superlatives (2:21) --
Preserving Connection to the Land (2:08) --
Home in the Parks (1:56) --
Co-Owning Magnificence (1:56) --
Story of the Parks and of People (2:26) --
Yosemite (2:26) --
First Tourists in Yosemite (2:08) --
Giant Sequoias (1:31) --
Nature's Influence on America's Growth (1:48) --
Transcendentalism and Manifest Destiny (3:09) --
Set Aside as Monument of American Idealism (3:00) --
Gathering of Life and Spirit (2:51) --
Conflicting Ideals for Yosemite (2:50) --
John Muir (4:06) --
The John Muir Who Walks (5:02) --
Ecstatic Holy Man (2:37) --
Unconditional Surrender (2:26) --
Yosemite's High Priest (2:41) --
Precedent for Natural Parks (1:37) --
Deep Love of the Land (1:50) --
Colter's Hell (3:25) --
An Attraction Beyond Wildest Dreams (3:30) --
Old Faithful (2:55) --
Everts' Experience (5:10) --
New Exploration (2:16) --
First National Park (2:42) --
The Politics of a Park (3:15) --
Indian War in Yellowstone (4:33) --
Tourists Flock to Yellowstone (3:21) --
Stopping 'the Park Grab' (3:06) --
The Debate Rages (2:58) --
Muir Returns to the Wild (3:15) --
Views of the Natural World (2:39) --
Muir Re-Engages the Wilderness (2:28) --
Muir's Return to Yosemite (2:57) --
Desire for More Preservation (2:27) --
Battle for the High Country (2:37) --
'Wildness Is a Necessity' (2:36) --
Credits: The National Parks: America's Best Idea--A Film by Ken Burns--Part 1, "The Scripture of Nature" (1851-1890) (4:15).
Other Titles: National parks (Television program),
Scripture of nature, 1851-1890
Responsibility: a Florentine Films production ; a film by Ken Burns ; written by Dayton Duncan ; produced by Dayton Duncan, 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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