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The National Parks Part 1 the Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) [electronic resource]: America's Best Idea

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
In 1851, word spread of California's beautiful Yosemite Valley, attracting visitors who wished to exploit the land for commercial gain as well as those who wished to keep it pristine. This episode relates how a Scottish-born wanderer named John Muir made protecting this land a spiritual calling. In 1864, Congress passed an act that protects Yosemite from commercial development - the first time in history that any government put forth such an idea. Control of the land was given to California. Meanwhile, a "wonderland" of geysers, mud pots, and sulfur pits in the Wyoming territory was also protected. Since it was located in a territory, rather than a state, it became America's first national park: Yellowstone.
Release Date
2009
Run Time
116 min.
Language
English
Rating
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6 & up
Notes
  • 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.
Variant Title
America's Best Idea
Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)
Series
The National Parks: America's Best Idea — a Film by Ken Burns
National Parks, America's Best Idea
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)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2009.
Publisher no.
  • 44451s Films Media Group
  • 44452 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
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Description
1 streaming video file (116 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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