closing thoughts on ken burns’ national parks

Applause and appreciation for Ken Burns’s most recent work. Once
again, he has selected a topic for exploration in the dual purpose of
shedding light on the topic itself, but perhaps more importantly to
tell the broader American story using topic as guiding framework.

I was particularly touched by the pastiche of personal stories
presented by several of the people who were interviewed throughout the
series–recollections of how the opportunity to experience the
National Parks at an early age made such indelible and formative
imprintations that would inform and guide the trajectory of their

The parks represent not nature alone, but our history. While matters
of economics, race, class, and of sometimes tumultuous change may not
leap readily to mind on a surface view of the National Parks, they
figure prominently in their story and were addressed thoughtfully. Our
nation’s history and our natural resource inheritance are undeniably
and inextricably linked.

Good stuff. Very, very good stuff.

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About dave bois

Freelance writer with a strong pull towards environmental matters (water issues especially) that remains fueled by my study of and early-career practice in geology and hydrology. Music, food, dogs, current/political events, and visual arts combine to command much of the portion of attention not ceded to ecological concerns. Also Monty Python. I've sold a few pieces of original art and have made cab fare home playing saxophone. Native Mainah

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