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The National Parks: America's Best Idea

The Morning of Creation: 1946-1980 (Season 1, Episode 6)
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TV Episode | 114 min | Documentary, History

After World War II, an increasingly mobile and affluent nation begins placing demands on the parks as never before, and the parks are in danger of being "loved to death." A Park Service biologist named Adolph Murie argues that ingrained ...See moreAfter World War II, an increasingly mobile and affluent nation begins placing demands on the parks as never before, and the parks are in danger of being "loved to death." A Park Service biologist named Adolph Murie argues that ingrained practices such as killing predators runs counter to the purpose of national parks, while David Brower of the Sierra Club mobilizes public opinion to defeat Congressional proposals for dams in pristine places. In the 1970s, when President Jimmy Carter uses the Antiquities Act to set aside 56 million acres in Alaska, a huge uproar results -- and the largest grassroots movement in conservation history fights for the creation of seven new Alaska parks, adding 47 million acres, more than doubling the size of the park system. Written by Anonymous See less
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Peter Coyote
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Dayton Duncan
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William Cronon
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Paul Schullery
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George Hartzog
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Bill Brown
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Martin Murie
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Richard Bradley
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Carl Pope
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Alfred Runte
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John Hope Franklin
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Stewart L. Udall
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Juanita Greene
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Kim Heacox
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John Cook
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Bev Dunham
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Nevada Barr
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Kayci Cook Collins
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8.5 / 10 | 35 votes