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Essentially a phenomenon of the twentieth century, America’s pioneering state park movement has grown rapidly and innovatively to become one of the most important forces in the preservation of open spaces and the provision of public outdoor recreation in the country. During this time, the movement has been influenced and shaped by many factors—social, cultural, and economic—resulting in a wide variety of expressions. While everyone agrees that the state park movement has been a positive and beneficial force on the whole, there seems to be an increasing divergence of thought as to exactly what direction the movement should take in the future.
In The State Park Movement in America, Ney Landrum, recipient of almost two dozen honors and awards for his service to state and national parks, places the movement for state parks in the context of the movements for urban and local parks on one side and for national parks on the other. He traces the evolution of the state park movement from its imprecise and largely unconnected origins to its present status as an essential and firmly established state government responsibility, nationwide in scope. Because the movement has taken a number of separate, but roughly parallel, paths and produced differing schools of thought concerning its purpose and direction, Landrum also analyzes the circumstances and events that have contributed to these disparate results and offers critical commentary based on his long tenure in the system.
As the first study of its kind, The State Park Movement in America will fill a tremendous void in the literature on parks. Given that there are more than five thousand state parks in the United States, compared with fewer than five hundred national parks and historic sites, this history is long overdue. It will be of great interest to anyone concerned with federal, state, or local parks, as well as to land resource managers generally.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1.“Parks Americana”
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. 2. The Nature of Parks
  2. pp. 14-26
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  1. 3. The States Begin to Stir: State Park Initiatives in the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 27-47
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  1. 4. The Momentum Builds: State Parks Expansion in the Early Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 48-73
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  1. 5. Coalescence: The First National Conference on Parks
  2. pp. 74-89
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  1. 6. “A State Park Every Hundred Miles”: The National Conference on State Parks Goes to Work
  2. pp. 90-110
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  1. 7. Dubious Progress: Assessing the Relevance of the National Conference on State Parks
  2. pp. 111-123
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  1. 8. An Unexpected Boon: Economic Recovery and a New Deal for State Parks
  2. pp. 124-140
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  1. 9. Recovery and Beyond: Depression-Era Initiatives Look to the Future
  2. pp. 141-154
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  1. 10. A Major Interruption: Wartime Distraction and Postwar Rebound
  2. pp. 155-168
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  1. 11. The Continuing Search for Direction: The Ever-Resilient National Conference on State Parks
  2. pp. 169-181
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  1. 12. A New Era of Federal-State Cooperation
  2. pp. 182-200
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  1. 13. Signs of Maturity
  2. pp. 201-219
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  1. 14. A Look behind the Scenes: Issues and Influences that Shape the State Park System
  2. pp. 220-232
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  1. 15. Anything Goes: An Age of Expansion, Experimentation, and Expediency
  2. pp. 233-252
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  1. 16. Looking to the Future: The View from One Observer’s Soapbox
  2. pp. 253-261
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  1. Appendix: Selected Data on America’s State Parks
  2. pp. 262-266
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 267-272
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-288
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 289-308
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826264442
Related ISBN
9780826220189
MARC Record
OCLC
868219513
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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