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.
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
lives. 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.