The National Parks America’s Best Idea

We just received our copy of the cool film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns. This is at once a stunningly beautiful documentary while telling a hidden history of populist efforts to save disappearing landscapes. Ken Burns has the special talent of teaching us something new about ourselves while using things that are so very familiar. Here is the catalog description and a short preview from YouTube:

Traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, and what Burns believes is the most stunning cinematography in Florentine Films’ history, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction

YouTube Preview of The National Parks by Ken Burns:

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