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245 00 Ken Burns The National Parks :|bAmerica's Best Idea.
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500    Title from title frames. 
518    Originally produced by PBS in 2009. 
520    The National Parks: America's Best Idea is the story of an
       idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of 
       Independence and just as radical: that the most special 
       places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty 
       or the rich, but for everyone. As such, it follows in the 
       tradition of Burns's exploration of other American 
       inventions, such as baseball and jazz. The narrative 
       traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-
       1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. 
       Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of 
       historical characters, personal memories and analysis from
       more than 40 interviews, and what Burns believes is the 
       most stunning cinematography in Florentine Films' history,
       the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks 
       through the stories of the people who helped create them 
       and save them from destruction. It is simultaneously a 
       biography of compelling characters and a biography of the 
       American landscape. With 391 units (58 national parks, 
       plus 333 national monuments and historic sites), the 
       National Park Service has a presence in 49 of the 50 
       states (Delaware is the sole exception). Like the idea of 
       freedom itself, the national park idea has been constantly
       tested, is constantly evolving and is inherently full of 
       contradictory tensions: between individual rights and the 
       community, the local and the national; between 
       preservation and exploitation, the sacred and the 
       profitable; between one generation's immediate desires and
       the next generation's legacy. As America expanded westward,
       pioneers would "discover" landscapes of such breathtaking 
       and unusual beauty that written descriptions of the lands 
       were sometimes assumed by people in the East to be works 
       of fiction. Eventually, there emerged a belief that these 
       special places should be kept untarnished by development 
       and commerce so that they could be experienced by all 
       people. Wallace Stegner called the national parks "the 
       best idea we ever had," and no activity of the federal 
       government engenders such universal support and public 
       loyalty; yet the story of how these special places became 
       preserved as parks, the role of individual citizens in 
       creating them, and the powerful stories of people's 
       emotional connection to them remain relatively unknown. 
       Among the lengthy cast of characters profiled in the 
       series is James Mason Hutchings, a magazine publisher who 
       was one of the first people to promote Yosemite and who 
       sought to develop a resort hotel on the land; John Muir, a
       deeply religious mountain prophet who found inspiration in
       Yosemite and then inspired generations of parks 
       enthusiasts; George Masa, a Japanese immigrant whose 
       photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina
       and Tennessee served in the fight to protect the region as
       a national park; Chiura Obata, another Japanese immigrant,
       whose highly-acclaimed paintings of Yosemite gave 
       Americans a fresh perspective through which to see their 
       beloved landmarks; Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who persuaded
       Congress that a swamp in southern Florida, the Everglades,
       should be set aside as a national park; George Melendez 
       Wright, a park ranger from San Francisco who recognized 
       the need to preserve the parks' wildlife in its natural 
       state; Adolph Murie, a young biologist and protégé of 
       Wright who was instrumental in reforming park policy so 
       that wildlife – even predators – would have the same 
       protections as the land itself; and Stephen Mather, a 
       wealthy businessman who used his personal fortune and 
       genius for promotion to create a National Park Service. 
       These historical accounts are paralleled with contemporary
       stories of people who continue to be transformed and 
       inspired by the parks today. They include Shelton Johnson,
       an African American who grew up in Detroit, where the 
       national parks seemed distant, unreachable places until he
       later became a park ranger; Gerard Baker, a Native-
       American park superintendent whose tribe has long 
       considered the land sacred; Tuan Luong, a Paris-born 
       Vietnamese rock climber and photographer who fell in love 
       with the parks and dedicated himself to photographing all 
       58 national parks with a large format camera; and Juan 
       Lujan, who grew up in west Texas during the Depression and
       joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, with which he 
       would help develop Big Bend National Park in Texas. Also 
       included in the film are interviews with best-selling 
       author Nevada Barr, a former park ranger; writer and 
       environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams; historians 
       William Cronon, Paul Schullery and Alfred Runte; and many 
       others. Nearly a decade in the making, The National Parks:
       America's Best Idea is a visual feast, featuring some of 
       the most extensive, breathtaking images of the national 
       parks system every captured on film. It contains the most 
       contemporary footage of any Ken Burns film since Lewis & 
       Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, shot 
       principally by chief cinematographer Buddy Squires (who 
       has filmed all of Burns's documentaries), long-time 
       Florentine cameraman Allen Moore, Lincoln Else (who also 
       is a former ranger at Yosemite) and Burns himself. As with
       all of Burns's films, there is an extensive educational 
       component, an interactive web site that provides more 
       information about the film, the parks and related issues, 
       as well as a large-scale community engagement initiative. 
       Four years ago, WETA and Florentine Films, with generous 
       support from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, 
       launched the Untold Stories project, designed to bring to 
       light stories from the national parks focusing on the role
       of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans 
       and Native Americans in the creation and protection of 
       individual parks and to engage new and traditionally 
       underserved audiences in the educational richness of the 
       national parks. 
538    Mode of access: World Wide Web. 
650  0 United States|xNational Park Service|vHistory. 
650  0 National parks and reserves|zUnited States |vHistory. 
650  0 Nature conservation|zUnited States|vHistory. 
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700 1  Burns, Ken,|edirector. 
700 1  Coyote, Pate,|enarrator. 
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