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The best of Fourth of July pop culture patriotism

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

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The entertainment world has produced its share of patriotic fervor. As the Fourth of July descends upon us, SheKnows takes a look at the pop culture patriotism.

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"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" has never been more appropriate to watch. After the 2006 elections that saw a sea change in Washington, Mr. Smith's journey, as portrayed with classic panache by Jimmy Stewart, possesses the belief at its core that the average American can make a difference in the direction of the country. 

Jimmy Smith pleads for the American citizen

Stewart is defined by many roles, but few have the patriotic power of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." From Virginia Senator Jim Webb to Montana Senator Jon Tester, Jimmy Stewart's Mr. Smith lives on in the millions who believe that in this great country, they can grow up to make a difference in the greatest government idea on earth, democracy.

Fighting for the rights of workers, an uniquely American concept

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"Norma Rae" is another Hollywood classic about how when a band of citizens gather together behind a common cause they can accomplish greatness. Sally Field won an Oscar for her portrayal of the title character who despite violent opposition, forms a union to provide a voice to the voiceless.

America's founding is celebrated each July Fourth for the Declaration of Independence that put forth the ideals of the right of every human soul to right to pursue the unalienable rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

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