Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
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2hr 9min
Movie Story Line
After being appointed to a Congressional Senate vacancy, a young man uses the power of the filibuster to fight back at political corruption.
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Teaching Idea #1

Investigate how and why the US Senate and House had different rules about ending filibusters and how Rule 22 changed that.

Teaching Idea #2

Create a chart for the longest filibusters in US history, such as Strom Thurmond's 24-hour record in 1957. Include when the filibuster took place, what measure the Senator was trying to block, and how the Senate ultimately voted on the matter.

  • Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)