The American Future: A History With Simon Schama

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  • Season 1
    • What is an American?
      10/31/08
      0.0
      Simon comes to the end of his look at the United States, by tackling the sensitive issue of immigration.
    • American Fervour
      American Fervour
      Episode 3
      10/24/08
      0.0
      Simon continues his trip across the United States. In this edition, he takes a look at how faith and religion have affected US politics, in particular the historic 2008 election.
    • American War
      American War
      Episode 2
      10/17/08
      9.5
      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
    • American Plenty
      American Plenty
      Episode 1
      10/10/08
      9.0
      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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