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Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park
     

Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park

by Paul Schullery, Lee Whittlesey
 

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ISBN-10: 0803243057

ISBN-13: 9780803243057

Pub. Date: 09/01/2003

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska


Yellowstone National Park, a global icon of conservation and natural beauty, was born at the most improbable of times: the American Gilded Age, when altruism seemed extinct and society’s vision seemed focused solely on greed and growth. Perhaps that is why the park’s “creation myth” recounted how a few saintlike pioneer conservationists

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Yellowstone National Park, a global icon of conservation and natural beauty, was born at the most improbable of times: the American Gilded Age, when altruism seemed extinct and society’s vision seemed focused solely on greed and growth. Perhaps that is why the park’s “creation myth” recounted how a few saintlike pioneer conservationists labored to set aside this unique wilderness against all odds, when in fact, the establishment of Yellowstone was the result of complex social, scientific, economic, and aesthetic forces. Paul Schullery and Lee Whittlesey, both longtime students of Yellowstone’s complex history, present the first full account of how the fairy-tale origins of the park found universal public acceptance, and of the long process by which the myth was reconsidered and replaced with a more realistic and ultimately more satisfying story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803243057
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
125
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. In Camp That Night
2. A Rather Unusual Discussion
3. On the Documentary Trail from Madison Junction
4. Coming to Terms with Nathaniel Langford
5. Altruists and Realists
6. Spreading the Word
7. The Debate
8. It Came Out All Right!
9. Leaving It All Behind
10. Myth and Responsibility
Conclusion: Campfire Lessons
Appendix: Known and Reported Accounts of the Washburn Expedition
Notes
Index

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