Numerous times in American history, reformers have sought to help the poor by putting them amidst nature -- the belief being that physical beauty can make beautiful people. It seems like an odd idea. But Thomas Jefferson believed it fervently. And it's also the reason Central Park exists in New York and the town of Greenbelt exists in Maryland. This program, from Producer Richard Paul, looks at a time in our past when nature was used to uplift the poor. It airs as part of our ongoing series, Tales from Urban Forests.
|The Public Green and the Poor|
The Public Green and the Poor was recorded and produced by Richard Paul, with additional recordings by Annie Wu. The actors were Morgan Duncan, Michael Forrest and Renee Calarco, with special thanks to Mary Marshal Clark of Columbia University. This program is produced for the collaboration "Our Backyard Forests", with support from the US Forest Service; it airs as part of our series "Tales from Urban Forests".
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