Wendell Willkie, Republican party candidate for President, speaks to a crowd in Bloomington, Illinois. He is also seen at many other locations on the campaign trail. Large crowds listen and cheer Willkie in his various appearances.
Renewed manufacturing activity throughout the nation recalls thousands of workers as the American industry forges onward and shows some signs of improvement during the great depression. Bloomington, Illinois: Workers manufacture oil heaters. They work on various machines and equipment. Middleton, Ohio: 2400 men at work in one of the big rolling mill companies. The workers arrive at the steel mill. Steel processing. Santa Monica, California: Men and women report for work at the Douglas Aircraft Plant. They work on a tight schedule for the new type Army torpedo and bombing planes. Men work on various parts of the aircraft. Chicago, Illinois: The Atlas Brewing Company, a huge brewery and bottling works where the production has been speeded to almost 30,000 bottles of beer an hour to meet a surge of demand following the passing of the Volstead Act allowing 3.2 beer (3.2% alchohol), near the end of prohibition in America. Beer Bottles move on conveyor belts. The bottles are filled, packed in crates and readied for transportation.
Newsreel clip on Minnesota welcoming major league baseball to the state in April 1961. Exterior views of Metropolitan Stadium, the home of the new Minnesota Twins. Banner reads "The Minnesota Twins Welcome You." Announcer notes team is playing in Bloomington, seven miles from each of the state's two major cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. View of 25,000 spectators, most bundled up for a chilly day, inside stadium for the home opener against the Washington Senators. Those on hand include baseball commissioner Ford Frick, American League president Joe Cronin, and Minnesota Governor Elmer Andersen. Announcer notes the previous Washington team moved to Minnesota and was replaced with a new Senators team in Washington. Dignitaries walk on field trailed by Minnesota manager Cookie Lavagetto and Washington manager Mickey Vernon. Dignitaries raise the American flag. Governor Andersen kisses a baseball and throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Announcer notes Twins lost this game, but says "Who cares?" because Minnesota is in the big leagues.
'A Year in America' discusses experience of Japanese exchange student in American university in a dramatic enactment. Japanese student prepares to leave Indiana University he packs his belongings and walks out of dorm room. He pauses to carve his initials in a tree limb where others have done before. In flashback the Japanese student is informed about the living quarters,funds and other administrative information by university dean in a interview. The student is greeted by his American roommate in his dormitory room. The two students talk.1951.
Japanese student acquaints himself with American university life. Japanese student walks around the Indiana university campus. Young American couples on campus. University students fill up forms at administrative office of Indiana University. Japanese student attends his first class at the university. Japanese student speaks in English with the professor.1951.
Japanese Indiana University student reads in his dormitory room. English literature books from writers such as Mark Twain are stacked in front on his desk. Three American students in a informal discussion. Japanese student meets a university professor. The two men talk while walking. Professor invites the student for dinner at his home. Professor,his family and the Japanese student talk while they have dinner and coffee 1951.