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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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William Cronon ...
 Himself - Historian 6 episodes, 2009
Dayton Duncan ...
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 Himself - Park Ranger 6 episodes, 2009
Alfred Runte ...
 Himself - Historian 6 episodes, 2009
Paul Schullery ...
 Himself - Writer 5 episodes, 2009
Carl Pope ...
 Himself - Sierra Club 5 episodes, 2009
Terry Tempest Williams ...
 Herself - Writer 5 episodes, 2009
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Kim Heacox ...
 Himself - Writer 4 episodes, 2009
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Lee Stetson ...
 Himself - Muir Historian / ... 4 episodes, 2009
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Lee Whittlesey ...
 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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An Immigrant's View
17 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

I am watching this series and am currently viewing part 5. I have been transfixed by the film. I am not a new immigrant, having come here back in 1964, but I have only visited two Parks in all that time I am disgusted to report. I have seen the Redwoods and Crater Lake, but now I want to see much more before it is too late. I just have not paid any attention to the Parks in my backyard it seems. Now I will.

I would quibble about the frequent references to religion but I understand it because most of the US was religious to some sort of degree. For instance, I did not feel the presence of some supernatural being standing among the redwoods or gazing at Crater Lake. I was impressed for sure but not awed.

I am mindful of the constant struggle to maintain the Parks and think schools should show major portions of this series in their classrooms. Young people need to be aware of what a valuable and irreplaceable resource we all share. I am sure, given the history of the Park system, that greedy people will continue to try to eat away at it. Vigilance is needed for now and forever. Once this country becomes so crowded it will be most difficult to maintain these Parks. As in the Hetch Hetchy dam the question will always be: What is more important, some scenery or the rights of multitudes who need the resources contained within the Parks? I fear the answer will be the needs of people.

I appreciate being able to see these videos and have my eyes opened, and tearing at times, many times. Thanks to Ken Burns for making this series.


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