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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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Series cast summary:
Peter Coyote ...  Himself - Narrator 6 episodes, 2009
William Cronon William Cronon ...  Himself - Historian 6 episodes, 2009
Dayton Duncan Dayton Duncan ...  Himself - Writer 6 episodes, 2009
Shelton Johnson Shelton Johnson ...  Himself - Park Ranger 6 episodes, 2009
Alfred Runte Alfred Runte ...  Himself - Historian 6 episodes, 2009
Paul Schullery Paul Schullery ...  Himself - Writer 5 episodes, 2009
Carl Pope Carl Pope ...  Himself - Sierra Club 5 episodes, 2009
Terry Tempest Williams Terry Tempest Williams ...  Herself - Writer 5 episodes, 2009
Murphy Guyer Murphy Guyer ...  Reader 5 episodes, 2009
Philip Bosco ...  Reader 5 episodes, 2009
Kevin Conway ...  Reader 5 episodes, 2009
Tom Hanks ...  Reader 5 episodes, 2009
Kim Heacox Kim Heacox ...  Himself - Writer 4 episodes, 2009
Adam Arkin ...  Reader 4 episodes, 2009
Lee Stetson Lee Stetson ...  Himself - Muir Historian / ... 4 episodes, 2009
Amy Madigan ...  Reader 4 episodes, 2009
Lee Whittlesey Lee Whittlesey ...  Himself - Historian 3 episodes, 2009
Nevada Barr Nevada Barr ...  Herself - Former Ranger 3 episodes, 2009
Juanita Greene Juanita Greene ...  Herself - Journalist 3 episodes, 2009
Gerard Baker Gerard Baker ...  Himself - Park Superintendent 3 episodes, 2009
Carolyn McCormick ...  Reader 3 episodes, 2009
Tim Clark Tim Clark ...  Reader 3 episodes, 2009
Derek Jacobi ...  Reader 3 episodes, 2009
Josh Lucas ...  Reader 3 episodes, 2009
Gene Jones ...  Reader 3 episodes, 2009
Eli Wallach ...  Reader 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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English

Release Date:

27 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films,WETA See more »
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(6 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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This IS America.
5 March 2010 | by dlb1954See all my reviews

If you can only see one National Park, make it The Grand Canyon. It really is another world. Then buy this 6 DVD set. This is documentary at it's finest. Ken Burns does this extremely well. It kept me enthralled through all 6 episodes. The cinematography is stunning. The history telling is inspiring and spiritual, yet accurate. I discovered some new heroes watching this. This mini-series embodies what democracy is all about. It started with the first National Park and it was an original American idea. That's right, we did it first. This is the kind of pride that shows in this production. This is an excellent addition to anyone's collection, for entertainment and value of American tradition to pass on to upcoming generations.


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