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The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Great Nature: 1933-1945 (Season 1, Episode 5)
TV-PG
TV Episode | 115 min | Documentary, History

A new president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, expands the national park idea to embrace battlefields and other historic and iconic sites. He enters pitched battles to create national parks on the Olympic Peninsula, Florida's Everglades, ...See moreA new president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, expands the national park idea to embrace battlefields and other historic and iconic sites. He enters pitched battles to create national parks on the Olympic Peninsula, Florida's Everglades, Wyoming's Teton Mountains, and California's High Sierra; he also creates the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide young men with jobs improving conditions at national parks. George Melendez Wright, a young Park Service employee, begins arguing that the parks are not doing enough to protect wildlife in their natural state. In Seattle, Iwao and Hanaye Matsushita fall in love with Mount Rainier National Park; and in California, another Japanese immigrant, Chiura Obata, finds inspiration for his art in Yosemite. When they are interned during World War II, they all find solace in their memories of the national parks of their adopted country. Written by Anonymous See less
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Peter Coyote
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Nevada Barr
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Shelton Johnson
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William Cronon
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Carl Pope
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Marian Albright Schenck
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Paul Schullery
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Kim Heacox
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Alfred Runte
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Dayton Duncan
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Juan Lujan
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Burton Appleton
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Claude Tyler
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Pamela Wright Lloyd
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Ernest Ortega
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Kimi Kodani Hill
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Kenneth Brower
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Martin Murie
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Clifford Hansen
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Terry Tempest Williams
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Philip Bosco
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Tim Clark
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Tom Hanks
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Amy Madigan
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Yumi Mizui
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8.4 / 10 | 41 votes