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The Big Burn

Timothy Egan talked about his book The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire That Saved America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; October 19, 2009). He talked about… read more

Timothy Egan talked about his book The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire That Saved America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; October 19, 2009). He talked about the largest forest fire in American history on August 20, 1910, drought-ravaged areas of Washington, Idaho, and Montana went up in flames as winds created a massive blaze . A group of 10,000 men were organized by forest rangers to stop the fire that destroyed small towns and national forests and killed nearly 100 people. Mr. Egan recalled the struggles of the fire-fighters that inspired the nation to continue on with former President Teddy Roosevelt’s interest in preserving forest land. He responded to questions from members of the audience.

Timothy Egan is the author of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, which was awarded the 2006 National Book Award for Nonfiction. He currently writes a weekly column titled, “Outposts” for the New York Times.

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The Big Burn

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Program ID:
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Category:
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Format:
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Location:
Missoula, Montana, United States
First Aired:
Dec 21, 2009 | 7:03am EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Apr 06, 2015 | 4:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3

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  • Dec 21, 2009 | 7:03am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 11, 2010 | 2:05am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 01, 2010 | 7:02am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 28, 2015 | 4:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 29, 2015 | 2:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 05, 2015 | 8:01am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 06, 2015 | 4:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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