The national parks. Episode one, The scripture of nature (1851-1890) [videorecording] : America's best idea /
a production of Florentine Films and WETA Television ; written by Dayton Duncan ; produced by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns.
[United States] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2009.
3 videodiscs (116 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1educator's guide.
1415749515 (set), 9781415749517 (set)
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[United States] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2009.
1415749515 (set)
9781415749517 (set)
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Volume 1. -- Introduction -- Yosemite -- Eden -- Unconditional surrender -- Colter's hell -- Truman Everts lost -- Yellowstone National Park -- The Cowan's honeymoon -- The park grab -- Wildness is a necessity -- Credits.
Volume 2. Disc 1. Educator's DVD -- disc 2. Untold stories from America's national parks.
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Disc one of a six disc set.
Originally broadcast as episodes of the television documentary on PBS in 2009.
Special feature: The making of the National Parks. Filmmaker Ken Burns and his longtime colleague Dayton Duncan take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of their series the National Parks: America's Best Ideas. Includes Spanish audio and subtitles.
Narrator: Peter Coyote ; voices Lee Stetson, Adam Arkin, Philip Bosco, Kevin Conway, Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas, Carolyn McCormick, Tom Bodett, TIm Clark, Murphy Guyer, Gene Jones, Amy Madigan, Eli Wallach.
In 1851, word spreads across the country of a beautiful area of California' Yosemite Valley, attracting visitors who wish to exploit the land's scenery for commercial gain and those who wish to keep it pristine. Among the latter is a Scottish-born wanderer named John Muir, for whom protecting the land becomes a spiritual calling. In 1864, Congress passes an act that protects Yosemite from commercial development for "public use, resort and recreation" the first time in world history that any government has put forth this idea and hands control of the land to California. Meanwhile, a "wonderland" in the northwest corner of the Wyoming territory attracts visitors to its bizarre landscape of geysers, mud pots and sulfur pits. In 1872, Congress passes an act to protect this land as well. Since it is located in a territory, rather than a state, it becomes America' first national park: Yellowstone.
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Closed-captioned; Described video for the visually impaired.
English or Spanish dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles.
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Not rated.
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DVD, widescreen, Dolby digital 5.1 surround or 2.0 stereo., NTSC, region 1.

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