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American Future, The - A History by Simon Schama (4)



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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 4x50 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: No

The 2008 US Presidential election is unique in many ways. After 9/11, after Katrina, Enron and Baghdad, the robustness of American optimism is struggling to reassert itself against the sobering reality of military frustration and domestic anxieties. This is an America grappling with an un-American sense of its own limits. Voters are feeling uncertain about military outcomes and anxious about sudden shaky prosperity, leading to a weakened faith in governance that has not been felt this painfully since Watergate.

In his travels through America, Schama takes the long perspective, looking at four of the critical issues facing the country: war, moral fervour, immigration and the increasingly difficult relationship between expectations of prosperity and the reality of economic and environmental limits.