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by Lee Whittlesey,Paul Schullery


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Schullery and Whittlesey have performed a great service for all lovers of Yellowstone Park and its history

Schullery and Whittlesey have performed a great service for all lovers of Yellowstone Park and its history. This is excellent scholarship. Chris Magoc's Yellowstone: The Creation and Selling of an American Landscape, 1870-1903 (University of New Mexico Press and MOntana Historical Society, 1999), is equally fine and indeed goes further and deeper in its analysis of the cultural and historical significance of this chapter of the park's history.

In this evocative exploration of Yellowstone's creation myth, the authors trace the evolution of the legend, its rise to incontrovertible truth, and its revelation as a mysterious and troubling episode that remains part folklore, part wish, and.

Schullery, Paul; Whittlesey, Lee (July 2001). Mountain Goats in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: A Prehistoric and Historical Context". Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park. Western North American Naturalist. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

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Yellowstone National Park, a global icon of conservation and natural beauty, was born at the most improbable of. .

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.

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Authors Paul Schullery and Lee Whittlesey, both longtime students of Yellowstone's complex history, present the .

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.

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Marelyne
In this book, two of Yellowstone's most popular historians review the story of the "national park idea." According to now-discredited myth, the idea came to members of the Hayden Expedition around a campfire near where the Gibbon and Firehole rivers flow together to form the Madison.

The book reviews the myth, the lack of evidence for it, and its gradual debunking. If you've read Aubrey Haines' histories, you already know much of this material. Schullery and Whittlesey go further and look at how the National Park Service presented the myth, and how it rejected it only with great reluctance. Haines' cautious criticism of the myth cost him his job, a story that Haines understandably did not tell. Schullery and Whittlesey also consulted Haines' notes, finding that he shrunk back from many other criticisms of the mythmakers that he had come to believe.

It's a short, well-written book that you could read in a single sitting. However, few people are such Yellowstone junkies that they really want to read about the creation and destruction of a single story of the park. If you're one of those people, you'll definitely want this book on your shelf. (Also, you'll probably give it 4-5 stars.) The general reader will find more information than she really wants, and too much scholarly attention to the veracity of documents, sources, and historical figures.
Kazracage
Schullery and Whittlesey have performed a great service for all lovers of Yellowstone Park and its history. This is excellent scholarship. It is not, however, the "first full account" of this story. Chris Magoc's Yellowstone: The Creation and Selling of an American Landscape, 1870-1903 (University of New Mexico Press and MOntana Historical Society, 1999), is equally fine and indeed goes further and deeper in its analysis of the cultural and historical significance of this chapter of the park's history.
Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park download epub
Americas
Author: Lee Whittlesey,Paul Schullery
ISBN: 0803243057
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2003)
Pages: 125 pages