". . . they paid their fare to America and there they melted in . . ."

  • Song Found On:
    Schoolhouse Rock! - America Rock,
    1973
  • Every Saturday morning between 1973 and 1985, a classroom of imagination could be found on ABC television; it was called Schoolhouse Rock. Created by a small group of Madison Avenue advertising specialists in their spare time, the series of cartoon shorts (each lasted only 3 minutes) used appealingly goofy characters, catchy tunes and repetition to teach children such things as the multiplication tables and the parts of speech. By 1976, a patriotic bicentennial fervor had gripped the nation. Schoolhouse Rock responded with segments about American history, which they produced under the banner America Rock (also called History Rock). Over its 12-year run, Schoolhouse Rock received many accolades from parents, professional educators and television insiders, even winning four Emmys for Outstanding Children's Programming.

    What do you think of the message found in the lyrics of this America Rock song called "The Great American Melting Pot?" What do you think of the teaching approach used by the ad men and ABC television to influence the thinking of children?

 

THE GREAT AMERICAN MELTING POT
from ABC-TV
Schoolhouse Rock!



Lyrics:

My grandmother came from Russia
A satchel on her knee,
My grandfather had his father's cap
He brought from Italy.
They'd heard about a country
Where life might let them win,
They paid the fare to America
And there they melted in.

Lovely Lady Liberty
With her book of recipes
And the finest one she's got
Is the great American melting pot
The great American melting pot.
America was founded by the English,
But also by the Germans, Dutch, and French.
The principle still sticks;
Our heritage is mixed.
So any kid could be the president.

You simply melt right in,
It doesn't matter what your skin,
It doesn't matter where you're from,
Or your religion, you jump right in
To the great American melting pot
The great American melting pot.
Ooh, what a stew, red, white, and blue.

America was the New World
And Europe was the Old.
America was the land of hope,
Or so the legend told.
On steamboats by the millions,
In search of honest pay,
Those nineteenth century immigrants sailed
To reach the U.S.A.
Lovely Lady Liberty
With her book of recipes
And the finest one she's got
Is the great American melting pot
The great American melting pot.
What good ingredients,
Liberty and immigrants.

They brought the country's customs,
Their language and their ways.
They filled the factories, tilled the soil,
Helped build the U.S.A.
Go on and ask your grandma,
Hear what she has to tell
How great to be American
And something else as well.

Lovely Lady Liberty
With her book of recipes
And the finest one she's got
Is the great American melting pot
The great American melting pot.

The great American melting pot.
The great American melting pot.
 
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