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Ken Burns: The National Parks - America's Best IdeaHDTV-PGClosed Captioning

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THE NATIONAL PARKS is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chronicling the addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them.

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Ken Burns is a National Treasure Along with our National Parks

In 1872 the United States Government created the first National Park on the globe: Yellowstone National Park. "The Scripture of Nature" tells the history of Yellowstone and the inspiration for a National Parks system that sprung out of the collection of "artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and tourists" that found beauty and worth in the stunning natural world of Yosemite in California and Yellowstone in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. John Muir was inspired by the majesty of the American landscape and became the voice for the preservation of our spectacular wilderness. Ken Burns series on the National Parks is ever so timely as cynicism seems to be our new national voice. I highly recommend this series of documentaries and am convinced that those who pay attention to Burns' films will come away changed and inspired.
Ken Burns is an American treasure. My son and I were fortunate to meet him and thank him for the amazing work he has done to bring history to the forefront of public consciousness. We are lucky to have him and his art.


I haven't had the pleasure of going to many of the National Parks but, I have been lucky enough to visit a rare few. Ken Burn's once again captures all the majestic qualities of his subject in complete control. Enveloping you in the scene and allowing you to live (vicariously) through the the camera lens. The beauty is astounding! Please visit these grand sites of wonder and share them with your families!!!!!

Absolutely Stunning!!

Ken Burns has done it again!! I'm watching it on TV and one episode I missed online on PBS' website. I've visited a few and seeing those I've visited on the series just reminds me of what we Americans should always protect and how lucky we are to have such a beautiful, wonderful country!! John Muir had a vision and should be honored in memory by us every time we visit a National Park. As I watch it, I hope our teachers are using this to teach our children how beautiful our country is and to respect and protect the land our forefathers founded. I'm a history "nut" and am learning something new each night! Thank you, Ken Burns!

Ken Burns: The National Parks - America's Best Idea
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  • HD Version
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Released: Sep 27, 2009
  • CCin English

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