The American Future: A History With Simon Schama

Season 1 Episode 2

American War

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 17, 2008 on BBC Two
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American War
Simon takes on America's war ethos in a trip by train, car and foot through its monuments and memorials. Beginning with the first conflicts between Democrat-Republican Thomas Jefferson and Federalist Alexander Hamilton, Simon traces the evolution of war as an action of last resort to today's use of it to spread democracy. Focusing much time on the Civil War, he shows not only America's loss of innocence, but the emerging counterbalance of debate that's as much a part of American culture as its battles.moreless

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