Simon Schama on American history

On the eve of Barack Obama's election, Simon Schama spoke to Rob Attar about war, politics, race and religion and what it is that makes the USA unique

New US citizens celebrate after taking the oath at a US District Court for the Central District of California naturalisation ceremony, 2007. (Photo by Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the October 2008 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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