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The National Parks: America's Best Idea - Part 2: The Last Refuge

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This episode tells how, by the end of the 19th century, industrialization had left many Americans worried about whether the country would have any pristine land left. Poachers in the parks were rampant, and visitors were littering or carving their names in wilderness sites. Congress had yet to establish judicial authority or set aside appropriations for protection of the parks. This sparked a conservation movement by organizations such as the Sierra Club, led by John Muir; the Audubon Society, led by George Bird Grinnell; and the Boone and Crockett Club, led by Theodore Roosevelt. The movement failed to stop San Francisco from building the Hetch Hetchy Dam at Yosemite, flooding Muir's "mountain temple" and leaving him broken-hearted
Pulled into the Environment (2:03)
Roosevelt Loves to Hunt (1:58)
An Idea Based on Generosity (1:40)
Exploitation of the Natural Landscape (2:31)
First National Parks (2:28)
"The Grand Tour"- First Stop (2:39)
"The Grand Tour"- First Geyser Area (2:26)
"The Grand Tour"- Lower Geyser Basin (2:01)
"The Grand Tour"- The Last Leg (2:06)
National Park Etiquette (2:18)
Yellowstone in the Winter (1:20)
Cavalry in Charge of National Parks (1:31)
Developing and Protecting the Parks (3:13)
Sierra Nevada, a Range of Light (3:15)
Wilderness Redeemed by Man (1:58)
Mesa Verde Ruins (1:37)
Mesa Verde's Unprotected Treasures (2:54)
For Ourselves and Our Children (3:22)
Saving the Wildlife (1:38)
Fighting for Park Protection (3:25)
Seeking Prosperity (1:36)
"The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number" (2:15)
Two Sides of the Same Coin (2:37)
Fashion Decrees Feathers (3:02)
Wasting Resources No More (2:50)
Conservation is in America's Vocabulary (2:29)
Interest in the Natural World (3:12)
Growth in Yellowstone (3:44)
Roosevelt's Address at Yellowstone (3:52)
Preservation of the Grand Canyon (3:52)
Salvation can be Found in the Immersion in the Natural World (2:33)
A Meeting in the Grove (3:43)
Temple of Yosemite (4:45)
Distance in His Eyes (2:46)
Chaco Canyon (2:15)
Artifacts Uncovered by Wetherill (1:44)
Colorado Cliff Dwellings Association (3:50)
Act for the Preservation of American Antiquities (2:41)
Muir Woods - Petrified Forest National Monument (4:05)
Distance in His Eyes (2:20)
Grand Canyon (3:40)
Hetch Hetchy (3:18)
San Francisco Earthquake (1:54)
Interior Secretary Grants Application to Dam Hetch Hetchy (3:42)
End of John Muir's Battle (4:08)
Thoughts on John Muir & Hetch Hetchy (2:43)
John Muir's Legacy (1:40)
Credits: The National Parks: America's Best Idea- A Film by Ken Burns Part 2, The Last Refuge (1890-1915) (3:55)


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Ken Burns' The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), 2009
Year Published: 2009
Format: Streaming Video

National parks and reserves
Physical geography
North America
Political planning
Public policy (Law)
United States
Social policy