Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park (Hardback)
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Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park (Hardback)

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Hardback 125 Pages / Published: 01/09/2003
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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.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803243057
Number of pages: 125
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book is valuable because it offers a complex vision of the origins of the national park ideal rather than a simple campfire story, and it is accessible to general readers. It is also an interesting tale of the use, and possible misuse, of history."-Kathy S. Mason, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society -- Kathy S. Mason * Register of the Kentucky Historical Society *
"This book is a productive and provocative exploration of the connections among national institutions, evolving ideologies, and the symbolic power of stories. It has much to offer to those interested in the social, cultural, and scientific issues that constitute environmental studies today." -Robert E. Walls, Journal of American Folklore * Journal of American Folklore *

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