16 - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was a gift to me from my mother, who knew that it would be essential to my ability to teach social studies. As always, she was right. The story of Jefferson Smith is not only a wonderful overview of the lawmaking process, it’s also the story of many Americans – hopeful and a bit naïve, just trying to make a difference. And no one but James Stewart could have played the role. In the film we see the sometimes bleak realities of Washington, D.C. – corruption and backroom deals, but we are also reminded though that there are still people like Mr. Smith who optimistically pursue what is right.
~ Stephen Russ