readings.. - Authors and Narratives 1 2 3 4 5 6 Ralph Waldo Emerson The Shot Heard Round the World a Concord Massachusetts for the Battle of Lexington

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Authors and Narratives 1. Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Shot Heard Round the World a. Concord, Massachusetts for the Battle of Lexington Concord: the Minutes Men’s victory in the opening battle of the Revolution on April 19, 1775 b. In 1836, Ezra Ripley, Emerson’s step-grandfather, donated to the village a small plot to erect a granite shaft to commemorate the fighting. “Concord Hymn” was composed by Emerson for the monuments dedication the following July. 2. Henry James: Reflected Distinction 3. Owen Wister: Old Yellowstone Days a. Wister was a fiction writer and was inspired by the West (Wyoming). He wrote the novel The Virginian . b. Recalling his days of inspiration in the Yellowstone: bandits and bears c. Old Faithful; Yellowstone National Park 4. Abraham Lincoln: The Gettysburg Address a. Lincoln’s speech for the cemetery dedication ceremonies of Nov 19, 1863. 1895, Gettysburg National Military Park was created, preserves the actual site of the battle. **Important the preservation of national parks: first time congress used its power of condemnation to acquire private land for a public park. b. Lincoln’s address reminds us that the reason great national historic sites should be preserved is because they are meant to serve the citizens (not an individual) –not as places of dedication to the past, but of rededication in the future. 5. John Muir - Prologue: A Meeting in the Valley a. In Yosemite Valley, sequoias, Mariposa big tress b. Met with Emerson 6. Mirror of America: Literary Encounters with the National Parks; Edited by David Harmon - The National Park Foundation a. Considered John Muir and John Burroughs to be nature writers. 7. Mary Roberts Rinehart: Ride the Rockies and Save Your Soul a. A nurse turns to writing to redeem her family’s finances from heavy stock market losses. With her independent cast of mind and love of the outdoors, she was inevitably drawn to the physical challenges of the great wilderness parks of the West. Discovered that national parks are diverse enough to be places of self-discovery for everyone. b. This is about a tree-hundred-mile trip across the Rocky Mountains (Glacier National Park) on horseback with Howard Eaton . c. In Montana, Wyoming and Idaho 8. Rudyard Kipling: On Tour Through The Yellowstone 9. John Burroughs - Divine Abyss
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10. Harriet Monroe - The Cataracts, The Hetch-Hetchy 11. Carl Sandburg - Scrapers of the Deep Winds 12. Thomas Wolfe - Gulping the Great West 13. George Catlin - A Nation's Park 14. Frederick Law Olmsted - Preservation for All 15. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard a. About the stalking of Muskrats b. Tinker Creek is in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Physiographic Province 16. February, the Good Oak, in Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold a. The sand counties are in the Wisconsin region of the Central Lowlands physiographic province.
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