Audience enters the Town Hall in New York to hear a recital by Marian Anderson on December 30, 1935. Curtains are opened. Marian Anderson stands beside a pianist on the stage. Audience applauds. She sings while the pianist plays. Marian Anderson bows to the audience. Curtains are closed. Two assistants help Marian sit in a chair because she has been performing with a broken ankle. View of the streets in the District of South Philadelphia., Marian's native hometown. Marian's mother Mrs Anna Anderson at her home. Shots of members of the Union Baptist Church passing an offering plate to raise money to aid Marian Anderson. Marian Anderson talks with manager Sol Hurok in dressing room. Marian Sings during another concert. Crowd applauds as she finishes. View of the New York Times showing name of Marian Anderson in the roster list of great American artists. Montage shows Marian's concerts cards, awards received by Marian from city foundations, the Philadelphia Bach Award of 10,000 dollars in 1941. Marian performs outside at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, USA on Easter Sunday April 9, 1939. Thousands in attendance at the concert as she sings My Country Tis of Thee.
People of Anderson perform demonstrations imitating Hitler's Nazi martial law. A large crowd gathered in the streets to view the reenactment. The actor posing as Hitler in the car. The mock Nazi salutes, overdone intentionally in trying to be humorous. "Nazi" soldiers march through the crowd. The "Nazi" actors charge and seize the armed citizens assembled behind stacked cotton bales outside a building. The radio proclamations by the "Hitler" actor partly in gibberish and partly in English. The continuous mocking Nazi salutes by the other actor beside "Hitler" in the radio station.
People of Anderson perform Blitz demonstrations imitating Hitler's tourist policies .Several ROTC cadets dressed like Nazis seize factories,offices and key points. Arrested workers made to walk on streets at gun point .Convoy of cars and trucks parades down the city streets . Man imitating Hitler waves to crowd from a convertible while thousands spectate the Blitz. Hitler's double enters radio station and relays a speech to the city. July 1941.
Neighbors build a home for United States World War II hero and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Eugene Atkins, in the United States. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Clinton P. Anderson presents land and the home to the war hero. Atkins, a U.S. Army Private and war hero during service in the Philippines, shakes hands with Anderson. Atkins walks with his wife into the house. An plaque on the wall of the house commemorating the gift. Atkins and his neighbors eating during a country barbecue in Campobello South Carolina near Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Group of armed men storms the newspaper publishing facility in Anderson South Carolina,during a reenactment of martial law measures practiced by the Nazis. Press workers are escorted away. Man throws large power switch and lights go out. New edition of the "Anderson Daily Mail" newspaper is seen rolling off the presses, under guard by armed men. Newspaper headline is "Clemsonia Captures Anderson". Numerous articles are blacked-out and labeled "censored." Article is seen entitled "It Can Happen Here. In Fact it Did."
Downtown street in Anderson South Carolina, lined with civilians and cars during a reenactment of Nazi martial law. Views of many storefronts and town buildings. Siren sound. A car streaming smoke behind it drives down the street. Smoke fills the entire street and surrounds the crowds. Actors imitating Nazi soldiers setup a gun in the middle of the street. Crowd is dispersed. View of lit "Sears" store sign obscured by smoke. Views of mock armed Nazi soldiers wearing gas masks and marching toward a gas filled building, then emerging from the building and running with seized "prisoners".