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Ken Burns: The National Parks
America’s Best Idea

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Ken Burns: The National Parks - America’s Best Idea
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6 videos in this collection

The Scripture of Nature
In 1851, word spreads across the country of a beautiful area of California's Yosemite Valley, attracting visitors who wish to exploit the land's scenery for commercial gain and those who…
The Last Refuge
By the end of the 19th century, widespread industrialization has left many Americans worried about whether the country - once a vast wilderness - will have any pristine land left.…
The Empire of Grandeur
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,…
Going Home
While visiting the parks was once predominantly the domain of Americans wealthy enough to afford the high-priced train tours, the advent of the automobile allows more people than ever before…
Great Nature
To battle unemployment in the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the Civilian Conservation Corps, which spawns a "golden age" for the parks through major renovation projects. In a groundbreaking…
The Morning of Creation
Following World War II, the parks are overwhelmed as visitation reaches 62 million people a year. A new billion-dollar campaign - Mission 66 - is created to build facilities and…

Comments (3)

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Sid

Love the doc series. A book worth looking into if this is something one takes pleasure in. The Naturalist by Darrin Lunde about Theodore Roosevelt from Crown books.

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Zoe

So uplifting to watch and an amazing story of success and conservation! If you're feeling down watch this! Truly one of the country's best ideas.

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Eileen

This series has to be one of the best of Ken Burns' historic stories. I have watched it 3 times so far and marvel how we even set aside the parks despite the odds against them! Now our goal is to visit as many of the parks and monuments as we can during our travels. I want to encourage you to ...Read more