Waiting For Wilderness

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This dissertation considers the history of Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming south of Yellowstone National Park. Between 1927 and 1949, John D. Rockefeller Jr. (1874-1960) bought Jackson Hole's private homesteads and turned them over to the National Park Service, creating today's Grand Teton National Park. In the 1950s, Rockefeller Jr. and his son Laurance Rockefeller (1910-2004) built a tourist infrastructure in Wyoming which they managed until 1986. Since the mid-nineteenth ...
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This dissertation considers the history of Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming south of Yellowstone National Park. Between 1927 and 1949, John D. Rockefeller Jr. (1874-1960) bought Jackson Hole's private homesteads and turned them over to the National Park Service, creating today's Grand Teton National Park. In the 1950s, Rockefeller Jr. and his son Laurance Rockefeller (1910-2004) built a tourist infrastructure in Wyoming which they managed until 1986. Since the mid-nineteenth century, the Rockefeller family had deployed the most formidable industrial apparatus in U.S. history, Standard Oil. The Rockefellers conserved Jackson Hole in alignment with lessons they learned at the helm of U.S. corporate culture. My thesis is that Grand Teton National Park today is a product of Rockefeller Jr.'s corporate sensibility. I use Rockefeller Jr.'s creation of Grand Teton National Park to historicize both U.S. corporate hegemony and constructions of wilderness. Rockefeller Jr.'s attempts at imposing corporate structure in Jackson Hole often faltered. Jackson Hole residents, in their own self interest, disrupted Rockefeller Jr.'s corporate vision and hence threatened his power to change their landscape. Uncovering Grand Teton National Park's appearance from John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s misfired impulses, I show how shaky the consolidation of corporate power and the creation wilderness have been over the twentieth century in the United States. The history of Grand Teton National Park shows how U.S. corporate hegemony consolidated culturally and historically, as did the idea of wilderness as a refuge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781243636010
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/5/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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