This biography of the seventh director of the National Park Service brings to life one of the most colorful, powerful, and politically astute people to hold this position. George B. Hartzog Jr. served during an exciting and volatile era in American history. Appointed in 1964 by Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, he benefited from a rare combination of circumstances that favored his vision, which was congenial with both President Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" and Udall's robust environmentalism.
Hartzog led the largest expansion of the National Park System in history and developed social programs that gave the Service new complexion. During his nine-year tenure, the system grew by seventy-two units totaling 2.7 million acres including not just national parks, but historical and archaeological monuments and sites, recreation areas, seashores, riverways, memorials, and cultural units celebrating minority experiences in America. In addition, Hartzog sought to make national parks relevant and responsive to the nation's changing needs.
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About the Author
Kathy Mengak taught outdoor recreation classes for fourteen years before moving to Georgia where she writes and works for the University of Georgia.
Table of Contents
Illustrations and Maps vii
Foreword Robert M. Utley ix
Chapter 1 The Early Years 10
Chapter 2 The National Park Service 23
Chapter 3 Journey to the Directorate 35
Chapter 4 The HartzogDirectorate 47
Chapter 5 Opening the Door to Workforce Diversity 61
Chapter 6 Urban Recreation Programs and Areas 93
Chapter 7 Expanding the National Park System 126
Chapter 8 Alaska, the Last Park Frontier 167
Chapter 9 More New Directions 195
Chapter 10 Going Fishing: Life After the National Park Service 227
Chapter 11 The Hartzog Legacy 236
Selected Bibliography 279