The national parks. Episode three, The empire of grandeur (1915-1919) [videorecording] : America's best idea /
a production of Florentine Films and WETA Television ; written by Dayton Duncan ; produced by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns.
Widescreen ed.
[United States] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2009.
1 videodisc (114 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
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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Introduction -- John Muir of the Rockies -- Incandescent enthusiasm -- See America first -- New land -- Mount desert -- The paradox -- The windows of heaven -- Zion -- The grandest canyon on earth -- It's Mr. Dorr.
general note
Disc three of a six disc set.
Originally broadcast as episodes of the television documentary on PBS in 2009.
Special feature: Musical journeys through the National Parks. National parks timeline, "Peace a last/Across the ocean", "Horizons", "Green groves of Erin", "The shores of Ogygia", "Teddy Bears' picnic".
Narrator: Peter Coyote ; voices, Sam Waterston, Adam Arkin, Trina Carmody, Murphy Guyer. Derek Jacobi, Josh Lucas, Lee Stetson, Philip Bosco, Kevin Conway, Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, Campbell Scott, John Trudell.
In the early 20th century, America has a dozen national parks, but they are a haphazard patchwork of special places under the supervision of different federal agencies. The conservation movement, after failing to stop the Hetch Hetchy dam, pushes the government to establish one unified agency to oversee all the parks, leading to the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916. Its first director, Stephen Mather, a wealthy businessman and passionate park advocate who fought vigorously to establish the NPS, launches an energetic campaign to expand the national park system and bring more visitors to the parks. Among his efforts is to protect the Grand Canyon from encroaching commercial interests and establish it as a national park, rather than a national monument.
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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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