PBS Documentary by Ken Burns The National Parks: America’s Best Idea Episode One, Chapters 4 & 10 “John Muir’s Genius” For all of these documentary clips, please watch the video individually and complete the answers on your own. Sharing answers not only denies another student the opportunity to view the documentary firsthand, but also is unfair to other students who have done this on their own. This full documentary was filmed by the most celebrated cinematographer in the country and was watched by millions of Americans when broadcast by PBS in 2009-2010. Episode 1, Chapter 4 “Unconditional Surrender” 1. Four months after the Civil War ended, a small group of people gathered in Yosemite Valley to hear Frederick Law Olmsted, the celebrated designer of New York City’s _________________, read a report he had written about the future of the new park (Yosemite) that had been entrusted to the state of California. 2. Olmsted called for strict regulations to protect the landscape from anything that would, in his words, obscure distort or detract from the dignity of the _____________. 3. In a place as special as Yosemite, Olmsted declared, the rights of posterity were more important that the immediate desires of the ____________. 4. Olmsted continued in his report: “Before many years, if proper facilities are offered, these hundreds will become thousands and in a century the whole number of visitors will be counted by millions. An injury to the scenery so slight that it may be unheeded by any visitor now, will be one multiplied by those ___________.” (As it turns out these words were prophetic!) 5. However, a small group of Yosemite commissioners decided his recommendations were too controversial to bring to the state legislature and they quietly shelved his ____________.
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