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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Mr. Smith Speaks for Liberty

Last night our family gathered around to watch "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." This movie, released in 1939, complemented perfectly our study of the 1930s as Totalitarianism was on the rise throughout the world, especially in Japan, Germany, Italy, and the Soviet Union. In 1939 Americans were discouraged by ten years of the Great Depression, something even President Roosevelt's New Deal didn't seem to conquer. As the global Depression led people in Germany to give up freedoms for the promises of Nazism, Americans hoped for better things and celebrated the ideal of liberty, so well expressed by Mr. Smith. When this movie hit theaters in 1939, things looked very, very bleak in the world.

Enjoy this rousing clip, but then do yourself a favor and watch the entire movie with your family.

(Update: Friday afternoon. This "Mr. Smith" montage is also a good one, but don't let it keep you from watching the full film!)


Anonymous said...

I found your blog through the TOG forum. It was under an old question about Yr4 topics and grammar kids. Your comment was that as a gen-Xer, you realized you had not been taught enough to learn from the mistakes of the past. I just want to say a big AMEN to that. we are doing Yr4, as well, on week 8 this week. I can see history repeating itself as I read through the teacher's notes. Anyway, adding you to my feed reader. It's always nice to "meet" a fellow Yr4er ;)

Mrs. Edwards said...

Hi Christy!
I am glad to connect with other Year 4 families, even virtually. I'll follow your id to see if you blog, too. Are you doing grammar levels? Rhetoric or Dialectic? All of the above? :)

It seems that every period of history is filled with lessons for the present, but studying the 1930s and 1940s seems to be especially relevant. May God be with us as we seek to be faithful to Him in turbulent times.

I appreciate you leaving a note.

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