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The Empire of Grandeur: 1915-1919 

America boasts a dozen national parks as the park idea turns 50 years old. A millionaire businessman named Stephen Mather impulsively accepts the offer to oversee them for one year. Mather ... See full summary »

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Ken Burns

Writer:

Dayton Duncan
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Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Shelton Johnson Shelton Johnson ... Himself - Park Ranger
William Cronon William Cronon ... Himself - Historian
Kim Heacox Kim Heacox ... Himself - Writer
Terry Tempest Williams Terry Tempest Williams ... Herself - Writer
Carl Pope Carl Pope ... Himself - Sierra Club
Dayton Duncan Dayton Duncan ... Himself - Writer
George Hartzog George Hartzog ... Himself - Former Park Service Director
Alfred Runte Alfred Runte ... Himself - Historian
Gerard Baker Gerard Baker ... Himself - Park Superintendent
Judith Goldstein Judith Goldstein ... Herself - Writer
Brad Washburn Brad Washburn ... Himself - Explorer
Bill Brown Bill Brown ... Himself - Historian
Barbara Washburn Barbara Washburn ... Herself - Explorer
J.L. Crawford J.L. Crawford ... Himself - Former Ranger
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America boasts a dozen national parks as the park idea turns 50 years old. A millionaire businessman named Stephen Mather impulsively accepts the offer to oversee them for one year. Mather and his right-hand-man Horace Albright launch a campaign to publicize the parks as a unified system and to persuade Congress to create a single agency to oversee it: the National Park Service, established in 1916. Mount McKinley, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Acadia and Hawaii's volcanoes are set aside as national parks, but Mather's top priority is in Arizona. After a bitter fight, the Grand Canyon is designated a National Park in 1919. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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29 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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