Reenactment shows FBI(Federal Bureau of Investigation) agents battling gangsters in the United States, during the 1930s. George Kelly Barnes nicknamed 'Machine Gun Kelly', 'Babyface' Nelson, 'Prettyboy' Floyd and John Dillinger being arrested and chased by FBI agents. The FBI agents with the help of hidden cameras keep a check on gangsters in New York. The Brinks robbery in Boston, Massachusetts. They take action against members of the KKK (Ku Klux Klan). Member of the KKK clan being arrested. FBI arrests James Earl Ray, who killed Martin Luther King.
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 in California. Men receiving food from a city soup kitchen. Dejected unemployed men.
United States President Herbert Hoover and other dignitaries during the American Legion Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Dignitaries and officials on a raised platform during the American Legion Convention in Boston. The dignitaries shake hands and greet one another. A large crowd gather in the front and behind the platform. U.S. Army General John Pershing and French General Henri Gouraud among the dignitaries standing on the platform. View of the large crowd being gathered around. Several banners on display among the crowd. U.S. President Herbert Hoover beside General Pershing. Two dignitaries greeting each other. Ex-US President Calvin Coolidge among the dignitaries. President Hoover speaks into the microphone at the Convention. The dignitaries seated behind, listen to the President.
U.S. President Herbert Hoover, with Generals Pershing and Gouraud view the parade at the end of the Legion Convention, in Boston, Massachusetts. Troops parade along a street in Boston, at the end of the Legion Convention. Horsemen and troops with guns, move along the road. Spectators on both sides of the road. Flags being displayed along the side of the road. Troops march through an archway across the road. An open motor carriage carrying officials pass along the road. U.S. President Herbert Hoover, U.S. Army General Pershing and French General Gouraud, on a stand along the side of the road, salute. Officials beside the dignitaries. A railway road motor follows the troops marching. Men seated above the cars of the railway road motor. A motor carriage behind the railway road motor carrying officials. 'American Legion, Newport, N.H.' written on the motor carriage.
American General Clarence Edwards in a meeting at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts speaking out against alcohol prohibition and calling it futile. Exterior view of Faneuil Hall. General Edwards addresses the members during the meeting. A group of men at the "Death of Liberty Memorial" event stand next to a board outside the hall that reads 'In Memoriam of the Death of Liberty'. Last part of clip shows an outdoor beer garden in Germany. Women filling large steins of beer from taps. A German man takes a long drink from a stein of beer.
A tug and two barges with their cargo and crew seized by the coastal guards move in water along with the boat of coastal guards. The boat of coastal guards with a United States flag hoisted on it arrives at the port. The seized crew is taken in custody. The seized cargo is loaded on a pulley and pulled up.