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The Resource Saving Yellowstone : exploration and preservation in Reconstruction America, Megan Kate Nelson

Saving Yellowstone : exploration and preservation in Reconstruction America, Megan Kate Nelson

Label
Saving Yellowstone : exploration and preservation in Reconstruction America
Title
Saving Yellowstone
Title remainder
exploration and preservation in Reconstruction America
Statement of responsibility
Megan Kate Nelson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"From historian and critically acclaimed author of The Three-Cornered War comes the propulsive and vividly told story of how Yellowstone became the world's first national park amid the nationwide turmoil and racial violence of the Reconstruction era. Each year nearly four million people visit Yellowstone National Park-one of the most popular of all national parks-but few know the fascinating and complex historical context in which it was established. In late July 1871, the geologist-explorer Ferdinand Hayden led a team of scientists through a narrow canyon into Yellowstone Basin, entering one of the last unmapped places in the country. The survey's discoveries led to the passage of the Yellowstone Act in 1872, which created the first national park in the world. Now, author Megan Kate Nelson examines the larger context of this American moment, illuminating Hayden's survey as a national project meant to give Americans a sense of achievement and unity in the wake of a destructive civil war. Saving Yellowstone follows Hayden and two other protagonists in pursuit of their own agendas: Sitting Bull, a Lakota leader who asserted his peoples' claim to their homelands, and financier Jay Cooke, who wanted to secure his national reputation by building the Northern Pacific Railroad through the Great Northwest. Hayden, Cooke, and Sitting Bull staked their claims to Yellowstone at a critical moment in Reconstruction, when the Grant Administration and the 42nd Congress were testing the reach and the purpose of federal power across the nation. A narrative of adventure and exploration, Saving Yellowstone is also a story of Indigenous resistance, the expansive reach of railroad, photographic, and publishing technologies, and the struggles of Black southerners to bring racial terrorists to justice. It reveals how the early 1870s were a turning point in the nation's history, as white Americans ultimately abandoned the the higher ideal of equality for all people, creating a much more fragile and divided United States"--
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1972-
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Nelson, Megan Kate
Dewey number
978.7/5209034
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F722
LC item number
.N44 2022
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Hayden, F. V.
  • Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories (U.S.)
Label
Saving Yellowstone : exploration and preservation in Reconstruction America, Megan Kate Nelson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1288424852
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
xxv, 288 pages
Isbn
9781982141332
Lccn
2021059416
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1288424852
Label
Saving Yellowstone : exploration and preservation in Reconstruction America, Megan Kate Nelson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1288424852
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
xxv, 288 pages
Isbn
9781982141332
Lccn
2021059416
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1288424852

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