Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon

Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon

by John Clayton

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Overview

An evocative blend of history and nature writing that tells the story of Yellowstone’s evolving significance in American culture through the stories of ten iconic figures. 

Yellowstone is America's premier national park. Today is often a byword for conservation, natural beauty, and a way for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. But it was not always this way. Wonderlandscape presents a new perspective on Yellowstone, the emotions various natural wonders and attractions evoke, and how this explains the park's relationship to America as a whole.

Whether it is artists or naturalists, entrepreneurs or pop-culture icons, each character in the story of Yellowstone ends up reflecting and redefining the park for the values of its era. For example, when Ernest Thompson Seton wanted to observe bears in 1897, his adventures highlighted the way the park transformed from a set of geological oddities to a wildlife sanctuary, reflecting a nation was concerned about disappearing populations of bison and other species. Subsequent eras added Rooseveltian masculinity, democratic patriotism, ecosystem science, and artistic inspiration as core Yellowstone hallmarks.

As the National Park system enters its second century, Wonderlandscape allows us to reflect on the values and heritage that Yellowstone alone has come to represent—how it will shape the America's relationship with her land for generations to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681774961
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,037,630
File size: 58 MB
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About the Author

John Clayton is the author of The Cowboy Girl which was a finalist for a High Plains Book Award, as well as Small Town Bound, Stories from Montana’s Enduring Frontier, and Images of America: Red Lodge. Clayton writes for The Montana Quarterly and his book Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon, also published by Pegasus Books, was an Honored Book at the Montana Book Award. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

1 Special 1

2 Half Tame 17

3 Informal 39

4 Rugged 58

5 Patriotic 78

6 Teachable 96

7 Spiritual 115

8 Political 133

9 Popular 163

10 Threatened 182

11 Triumphant 219

Epilogue 227

Acknowledgments 241

Notes 245

Bibliography 267

Index 279

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