A team of miners enters the Pocahontas Fuel Company Coal Mine in Boissevain, Virginia, following a tragic explosion that killed 38 miners. They descend on a platform elevator, and return again after a short while. Large crowd of mourners standing around the mine entrance.
A truck carrying large wooden coffins moves along the road. Two boys read funeral plans
for individual miners written on a blackboard at side of church building. Dollie Phipps (wife of JL Phipps) and children Harry, Preston and Mack sit outside the church
Waterfront near facilities of Norfolk boat builder, John H. Curtis, who perpetrated a hoax during the search for Charles Lindbergh's kidnapped son. (Curtis falsely claimed he was contacted by kidnappers who held the child on a yacht.) A wooden motor cabin boat is seen docked. The camera pans along the river past boats and a Security Storage building in the background. it focuses on the Curtis building and boatyard. A sign identifies it as "J.H. Curtis Boat & Engine Corp."
The 1932 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his daughter Anna Roosevelt and granddaughter Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Dall (sometimes known as Sistie) outside a building circa 1930. Roosevelt holds a cane while leaning against a column and plays with his grandson using the cane. People gather in the convention hall for the 1932 Democratic National Convention. Roosevelt addresses them, speaking of the need to "break foolish traditions" and "to win in this crusade to restore America to its own people." The people applaud.
Hard times in the Great Depression led to formation of The Bonus Army. American veterans of World War 1 march on streets of Washington DC, carrying a large poster demanding immediate cash redemption their "bonus" service certificates awarded by Congress in 1924 (but not lawfully payable until 1945). Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, ordered by President Hoover, to clear the Bonus Army encampments, is seen standing in a street surrounded by several U.S. Army troops. People watch from sidewalks as a contingent of U.S. Army cavalry rides down the street. U.S. Army M-1917 tanks roll down Pennsylvania Avenue in July 1932. Bonus marchers and others watch from Lafayette Park in background. Scene shifts to the 1932 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, where delegates cheer after nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt as their Presidential candidate. Roosevelt seen waving from the podium. Migrant farm workers seen at temporary, dilapidated dwellings in close quarters, and sitting at a campfire, some with sad and desperate faces. Migrant farm workers' cars on the road, piled high with family belongings during westward migration. Migrants riding atop an open railroad freight car. Two men share a copy of the "Epic News" newspaper (published by supporters of Upton Sinclair and the End Poverty Movement in Los Angeles and central California). Narrator describes programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction workers ignite demolition charges during construction of Boulder Dam (aka Hoover Dam and officially so-named in 1947). Glimpse of President Roosevelt at the site in an open car, for its dedication on September 30, 1935. Construction workers engaged in building the dam. Another shot of President Roosevelt in his open car. Towers being erected to carry electric power from the dam's hydroelectric generators. President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiling broadly at the formal dedication ceremony, September 30, 1935. Controlled discharges of water through the dam. Views of the Boulder Dam hydroelectric generating station. Oil well rigs or oil derricks at work during construction at night. People at work in fabric mills or textile mills, and in a print shop
An aircraft in formation during an antiaircraft gun test at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Scenes of a lake. Buildings on the ground. Antiaircraft gun fires. Man sees through the hole of Antiaircraft gun. Artillerymen take out shells and put new ones in Antiaircraft guns.
View of Christ Episcopal Church (now Christ and Saint Luke's Episcopal Church) at 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, Virginia. (The church is notable because, the Very Reverend Harold Dobson-Peacock, Dean of this church was an innocent participant in a hoax perpetrated by Norfolk boat builder, John Hughes Curtis, during the search for Charles Lindbergh's kidnapped son. Curtis fabricated a story about being contacted by kidnappers who held the child on a yacht. His hoax put officials and Lindbergh, himself, in a fruitless search for the phantom boat.)