The National Parks

The National Parks

Episode One, The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) America's Best Idea

DVD - 2009
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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 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.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2009
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781415749517
1415749515
Branch Call Number: DVD 333.78 NAT NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 116 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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