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The National Parks - America's Best Idea

Dayton Duncan

The companion volume to the twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative and lavishly illustrated narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world's first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly four hundred sites and 84 million acres. The authors recount the adventures, mythmaking, and intense political battles behind the evolution of the park system, and the enduring ideals that fostered its growth. They capture the importance and splendors of the individual parks: from Haleakala in Hawaii to Acadia in Maine, from Denali in Alaska to the Everglades in Florida, from Glacier in Montana to Big Bend in Texas. And they introduce us to a diverse cast of compelling characters-both unsung heroes and famous figures such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams-who have been transformed by these special places and committed themselves to saving them from destruction so that the rest of us could be transformed as well. The National Parks is a glorious celebration of an essential expression of American democracy. From the Hardcover edition.

The companion volume to the twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative and lavishly illustrated narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world's first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly four hundred sites and 84 million acres. The authors recount the adventures, mythmaking, and intense political battles behind the evolution of the park system, and the enduring ideals that fostered its growth. They capture the importance and splendors of the individual parks: from Haleakala in Hawaii to Acadia in Maine, from Denali in Alaska to the Everglades in Florida, from Glacier in Montana to Big Bend in Texas. And they introduce us to a diverse cast of compelling characters-both unsung heroes and famous figures such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams-who have been transformed by these special places and committed themselves to saving them from destruction so that the rest of us could be transformed as well. The National Parks is a glorious celebration of an essential expression of American democracy. From the Hardcover edition.
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The companion volume to the twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative and lavishly illustrated narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world's first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly four hundred sites and 84 million acres. The authors recount the adventures, mythmaking, and intense political battles behind the evolution of the park system, and the enduring ideals that fostered its growth. They capture the importance and splendors of the individual parks: from Haleakala in Hawaii to Acadia in Maine, from Denali in Alaska to the Everglades in Florida, from Glacier in Montana to Big Bend in Texas. And they introduce us to a diverse cast of compelling characters-both unsung heroes and famous figures such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams-who have been transformed by these special places and committed themselves to saving them from destruction so that the rest of us could be transformed as well. The National Parks is a glorious celebration of an essential expression of American democracy. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ken Burns, Danny Campbell

Length:

14h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:48


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:12


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:26


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:41


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:35


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:55


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:49


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:59


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:36


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:09


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:58


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:58


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:27


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:25


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:36


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:00


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:11


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:22


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:53


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:27


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:34


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:28


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:45


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:49


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:21


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:50


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:19


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:57


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:00


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:53


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:24


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:55


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:38


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:38


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:12


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:41


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:12


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:46


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:11


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:36


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:01


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:10


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:36


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:15


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:41


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:56


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:34


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:25


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:04


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:20


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:38


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:47


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:12


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:48


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:39


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:23


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:27


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:55


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:21


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:25


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:05


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:31


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:01


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:44


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:20


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:37


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:50


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:24


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:25


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:17


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:41


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:28


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:43


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:59


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:01


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

00:55