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The National Parks: America's Best Idea 

The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.
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 Himself - Historian 6 episodes, 2009
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 Himself - Park Ranger 6 episodes, 2009
Alfred Runte ...
 Himself - Historian 6 episodes, 2009
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 Himself - Writer 5 episodes, 2009
Carl Pope ...
 Himself - Sierra Club 5 episodes, 2009
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 Himself - Muir Historian / ... 4 episodes, 2009
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 Himself - Historian 3 episodes, 2009
Nevada Barr ...
 Herself - Former Ranger 3 episodes, 2009
Juanita Greene ...
 Herself - Journalist 3 episodes, 2009
Gerard Baker ...
 Himself - Park Superintendent 3 episodes, 2009
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The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.

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Hands down best documentary, wonderful film-making
29 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

"The knapsack of custom falls off his back with the first step he makes into these precincts. Here is sanctity which shames our religions, and reality which discredits our heroes. Here we find nature to be the circumstance which dwarfs every other circumstance, and judges like a god all men that come to her."

-A quote of Ralph Waldo Emerson in the movie

While there is no comparison to actually being in nature, the ideas that are presented in this masterpiece of a documentary are so new and refreshingly different to the common non-nature-goer that it can't help but bring the viewer, thankfully, away from their usual rat race-like trance and rhythm to a realization of a greater good and majestic context of reality.

What a beautiful and powerful reminder of what belongs to all us and what all of us, in turn, belong to!


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