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The Resource American plenty, by Simon Schama, (electronic resource)

American plenty, by Simon Schama, (electronic resource)

Label
American plenty
Title
American plenty
Statement of responsibility
by Simon Schama
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Simon Schama travels through America to dig deep into the conflicts of its history as a way to understand the country's contemporary political situation. In American Plenty, Simon explores how American optimism about the infinite possibilities of its land and resources is in danger of coming to a grinding halt. Nowhere is it more evident than in the American West, which has always been a symbol of opportunity and freedom. Oil at 4 dollars a gallon may be dominating the headlines, but here it is the lack of water that is an even bigger threat to the American future. The West is in the grip of a years-long drought. America's optimism about its natural resources has always been spiced with clashes over conservation going back to the first man to navigate the Colorado river, John Wesley Powell. American ingenuity made farming on an industrial scale possible in the early years of the 20th century but at the cost of making Oklahoma a dust bowl. The Hoover Dam, a modern American miracle which used to provide essential irrigation for farming and for the new city of Las Vegas, is not able to cope with the demand for water anymore. In 1980, Ronald Reagan's optimism about American plenty defeated Jimmy Carter's campaign for self-restraint. But in the 2008 election, neither candidate can ignore the challenges facing America as it enters an era of limits
Additional physical form
Previously released as DVD
Characteristic
videorecording
Language note
This edition in English
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  • Schama, Simon
  • Hobkinson, Sam
  • Oxford Film and Television
Runtime
60
Series statement
American future
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  • Environmental sciences
  • Natural resources
  • Natural resources
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
American plenty, by Simon Schama, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed May 9, 2014)
Control code
ASP2442610/curv
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  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (60 min.)
Form of item
online
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
(OCoLC)884893188
Video recording format
other
Label
American plenty, by Simon Schama, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed May 9, 2014)
Control code
ASP2442610/curv
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (60 min.)
Form of item
online
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
(OCoLC)884893188
Video recording format
other

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