something absolutely ___unique____ in the world. He said, “This park was created, and is now administered, for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” 10. Roosevelt argued that the parks are a democratic experience. Explain. Secure the enjoyment for us and our children, where regular humans can go & share the same experience no matter who 11. Roosevelt had deliberately quoted from the act of Congress that had made Yellowstone the world’s first national park. Later, when the entrance arch was completed, that phrase would be permanently carved into the arch’s mantle so that everyone who entered Yellowstone would be reminded of why the park was there—and for whom. What was the phrase on the mantle of the arch? “For the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” [Act of Congress, why it’s there & for who] PBS Documentary by Ken Burns The National Parks: America’s Best Idea Episode Three: Chapters 1 & 7 “The Paradox” 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 3, Chapter 1 “Empire of Grandeur: Introduction” 1. The opening quote asks about the fate of the mountains. Who is the quote by? John Muir 2. Shelton Johnson says that a park experience is transcendent, just like walking into a ____cathedral______ is transcendent. He then goes on to compare Yosemite to a cathedral. 3. By 1914, the national park idea had expanded beyond Yellowstone and ___Yosemite____ where the notion of setting aside special places for all Americans had first taken root half a century earlier. 4. Other parks that followed were usually at the urging of individual Americans willing to turn their passion for a particular landscape into a ___crusade____. 5. At this point there is no master plan for these places, according to William Cronon. He says that the set is not a ___system____ and has no coherence to it. 6. The departments of Agriculture, Interior, and __War__ each claimed some responsibility for the parks, but in truth no one was in charge. 7. Nothing proved it more than the fact that the city of San Francisco had been given permission to construct a __dam__ in Yosemite National Park’s lovely Hetch Hetchy Valley and bury a scenic wonder under a water reservoir. 8. The battle for Hetch Hetchy had been the last for John Muir. Now, an unlikely alliance would carry on. Railroad barons saw in the parks the chance to increase their profits, while some of the nation’s wealthiest men, at a time when the disparity between rich and poor was growing as never before, heeded a higher calling and would use their fortunes to advance the ___public___ good.
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- Jillian Maloney
- National Park Service, John Muir, Yosemite National Park, National Parks