As the United States prepares for the 2008 election, historian Simon Schama presents a personal view of how America arrived at where it is today, and the challenges it faces for the future. With
the US facing an economic crisis of seismic proportions, and optimism at an all-time low, Schama traces the history of the crisis, and examines the historical issues of race, power, religion, and commerce that have come to define the American way of life thus far. Using key moments in American history in order to understand the present, the series offers a unique vision of the United States, then and now, as it faces arguably its sternest test.
Executive Producer: Eamon Hardy
Presenter: Simon Schama