The American Future: A History With Simon Schama

Season 1 Episode 1

American Plenty

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 10, 2008 on BBC Two
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American Plenty
America has long been the "land of the plenty", but things are changing and it's never more apparent than when looking at water consumption in the West. Simon travels by auto and foot the trail of westward expansion in post-Civil War America, showing how water drove the push to California, and the birth of conservation. Focusing on the early battles over Colorado River rights, Simon shows – from presidents to farmers – how water is a microcosm of both American opportunity and its mismanagement of resources.moreless

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