3. One of the men, a young __________ named Lafayette Bunnell, stood there transfixed. 4. He wrote in his journal, “As I looked, a peculiar exalted sensation seemed to fill my whole being and I found my eyes in tears with __________________.” 5. The rest of the battalion did not share his enthusiasm and set fire to the Indian’s ____________.
6. Since they were the first white men to enter the valley they chose to give it a name. It was named ____________ because it was thought that was the name of the tribe they had come to dispossess. 7. Later, scholars would learn that in fact the natives called the valley Ahwahnee and that they called themselves the Ahwahneechee. Yosemite it was learned meant something entirely different. It refers to people who should be feared. It means “they are _____________.” 8. In 1855, a second group of white people arrived in Yosemite Valley—this time as ____________, not Indian fighters. They were led by James Mason Hutchings. 9. Hutchings hoped to make a fortune by promoting California’s wonders through an illustrated ________________. 10. Many people were determined to see this wonderland. The trip required a two-day journey from ________________________ to the nearest town and then, with no wagon road into the valley, a grueling three-day trek by foot or horseback, up and down steep mountainsides on narrow, rocky paths. 11. But for most, the scenic reward was worth the hardship. Upon seeing Yosemite Falls, the highest on the continent, a visitor began quoting the Bible and praising “the glorious works of God.” He told his companions, “Now let me die, for I am ______________.” 12. Fifteen miles south of Yosemite, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias contains the largest living things on earth; trees nearly ________ years old. 13. The celebrated painter, Albert Bierstadt, arrived and produced a series of masterpieces. One of them would command the price of $______________, equal to the highest amount ever paid for an American work of art. Episode 1, Chapter 3 “Eden” 1. For Thomas Jefferson, America was a national _________. As Jefferson’s nation had grown, the country’s sense of itself and its possibilities had grown as well.
2. The Transcendentalist writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, began telling Americans that God was more easily found in _________ than in the works of man. 3. His disciple, Henry David Thoreau, had called for “little oases of wildness in the desert of our ______________________.” 4. What emerges in the middle of the 19 th century is this idea that going back to wild nature is restorative. It’s a way of escaping the corruptions of urban civilized life… But it was all in danger, as the nation, in the name of Manifest Destiny, marched
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