New Guardians for the Golden Gate: How America Got a Great National Park

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University of California Press, Jul 15, 2006 - History - 390 pages
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National parks are a distinctively American idea. But it takes people to make them happen. This unique, insider's account tells how Bay Area activists forged bipartisan local and national support for an unprecedented campaign to create a great new national park. In 1970, beginning with the former Army lands originally reserved to protect San Francisco Bay, the grassroots People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area succeeded in preserving all of the spectacular land that frames the Golden Gate.Spanning more than thirty eventful years, Amy Meyer tells the story of how dedicated citizens, including visionary conservationist Edgar Wayburn, master politician Phillip Burton, and a battalion of lesser-known but key allies made our democratic system work for the common good and won their fight to save these dramatic and historic lands for all of the American people. Pictures by noted California photographers capture the park s grandeur and new activities. "New Guardians for the Golden Gate" tells how a bold vision, dedicated citizens, and a variety of old and new conservation strategies saved these magnificent lands for all time."
 

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Contents

SPACE AVAILABLE
6
PIECEMEAL CONSERVATION IN THE 1960
18
A NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUE BECOMES MUCH BIGGER
45
ORGANIZED ADVOCACY
74
A YEAR AND TWO MONTHS
94
VICTORY IN CONGRESS
117
A NEW PARK EMERGES
126
EXPANDING THE PARK
149
SUSTAINING THE VISION
193
SAFE HARBOR FOR OLD SHIPS
220
THE NATIONAL PARK NEXT DOOR
232
FROM POST TO PARK
252
AFTERWORD
281
NOTES
289
INDEX
317
Copyright

ON A NEW POLITICAL FRONTIER
172

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About the author (2006)

Amy Meyer is co-chair of People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Randolph Delehanty, PhD, is a historian and author.

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