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Introduction

Ken Burns's documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, celebrates the national parks as an American invention that applies democratic principles to the land. Just as everyday people campaigned to conserve wilderness in the American West, they also advocated for archeological and historic sites to be preserved for all people.

Throughout the history of the national parks and the National Park Service, archeology has revealed unique information about the people, places, and stories of America's past. Archeology, too, has helped to make the democratic spaces of national parks even more so, through revelations about all peoples and their contributions to the American story. go to Discovery & Dispute >>

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