I'm a bit late with this, but the 4th of July weekend brought to mind some memories of growing up in the '70s. Particularly of those Saturday morning educational segments called Schoolhouse Rock. They were animated musical segments dealing with some topic, such as science, history, language, etc.
Heres the segment that came to mind amidst the July 4th fireworks and festivities. Called "fireworks," it was a wonderful way to inform kids about U.S. History, and the music made it all the more memorable.
Heres my favorite Schoolhouse rock segment. I still think its an excellent way to teach about the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
I think these historical Schoolhouse Rock cartoons showed a rather positive view of the U.S., at a time (i.e. the '70s) when America was still reeling from the effects of Vietnam, Watergate, racial strife, gas lines, and the like. Perhaps these wonderful features helped to remind people of the good in America, amidst all the doubt. It did so for kids, at least.
For those who are reading this blog in the U.S., a belated Happy 4th !!