Documentary depicts the end of the 1920s good times in the U.S., leading into the Great Depression. Mildred Unger, age 10, performs a wing walker charleston dance while out on the wing of a JN-4 "Jenny" airplane in flight over Los Angeles in 1926.Four girls dancing on the top of a building higher than those around it, in Boston, Massachusetts. Amusement park patrons riding a roller coaster. People out driving through a park in their automobiles. Patrons enjoying themselves at the Steeplechase amusement park in Coney Island, New York. A crane piling old cars in a heap at a junk yard. But following the Wall Street crash of 1929, conditions change in America. Group of people receiving food assistance in a city. A man, woman, and baby, in a tent (probably migrant workers). The famous 1936 photo, "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange, of migrant worker, Florence Owens Thompson, with two of her children. Men receiving food from a city soup kitchen. Dejected unemployed men.
U.S. President John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. in Boston, Massachusetts. The President and the First Lady walk down a gangplank to board a launch. Other passengers in the background. The President and First Lady Grace Coolidge aboard the launch underway at sea. Buildings in the background. The U.S. flag on the bow of the launch. A ship in the background. Civilians on a shore. A car in front of a building. The President walks out of the building and sits in a car.
Boston Fish Pier at the coast of Boston, Massachusetts. Buildings at Boston Fish Pier. Flag of United States flies above the Fish Pier building. The views are as seen from aboard a vessel approaching the Boston Fish Pier through the harbor.
Race riots in Boston, Massachusetts sparked by dissatisfaction with welfare system. African American rioters on the streets in the Roxbury section in Boston. They smash glass, set buildings on fire and loot stores. Mobs throw rocks and bottles at the Boston police. Firemen work to extinguish fires in burning buildings. A rooftop sniper wounds a fireman as he extinguishes a fire. Boston police arrest a rioter.
Aerial view of Chicago, Illinois. Aerial view of buildings and skyline in Chicago. Aerial view of Boston Store building and North American building in Chicago. Smoke arises from the buildings. Curtiss Amphibian flying boat in low fly-by to right.
Scenes from baseball World Series game 1 in 1916 with the Boston Red Sox versus the Brooklyn Robins (later the Brooklyn Dodgers). View from stands during first four innings of play (Boston Red Sox ultimately rallied with 4 runs in 9th inning to defeat the Brooklyn Robins). A large crowd of 40,000 gathered at Braves Field in Boston, with the game played there instead of Fenway Park so that more fans could attend. Game in progress. Men watching from the stands. Crowd waving hats and cheering. Scenes include: 0:04 Top of the 2nd inning double play by Boston after hit by Brooklyn's George Cutshaw; 0:11 Bunt single by Boston's Larry Gardner and Lewis advances to second base; 0:25 Sacrifice bunt by Boston's Everett Scott; 0:32 slate text on film reads, "In the third Duffy Lewis, famed for breaking up World Series' games drives a two base hit sending Hoblitzel home with the first run; score 1-0." (spelling should be Hoblitzell). This play is then seen; 0:40 Same play seen from different angle in the ballpark; 0:52 A play from before the previous play -- this is a triple by Hoblitzell with no one on base; 1:05 Top of the fourth inning: Go ahead run is at 3rd. Cutshaw hits a fly to right field. Harry Hooper catches the ball and throws out Zack Wheat at the plate. Men in stands cheering and waving hats.