A long racing sled in Bridgeton, Maine. A large number of men and women sit on a bob-sled. Buildings in the background. The sled carries people over snow on the mountains. Trees lined on either side of the snow covered ground. Several men watch as the sled passes by. Cameramen take pictures.
From a U.S. Department of Agriculture documentary . A lone negro man resides in a dilapidated house surrounded by other rundown outbuildings on the grounds of the Forks of Cypress plantation and farm, in Florence Alabama, (Lauderdale County), United States. A dilapidated shack house on an abandoned plantation or farm. A lone negro man emerges from the house. He walks up to a bell, cleans it, and rings it. View of old main Greek Revival Forks of Cypress house built in 1830 for James Jackson. View of the west elevation of the house and the smokehouse is seen behind and to the side of the main house, and a clothes line with clothes on it beside the smokehouse. Chickens walk on the porch of the house, past its tall colonnade of 24 ionic columns. A cock and chickens outside the house. The elderly negro man looks around, mumbling to himself, walks back towards the other house, enters and closes the doors behind him. (Note: The house burned completely in a 1966 fire).
Film opens showing Saint Michael's Archangel Church at 310 Pulaski Street, in the Polish section of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Snow is seen on some church stairs. But the main entrance is cleared and some parishioners are entering there. Many others are emerging from other exits. (The Marchlinski brothers, Joseph and Anthony, have been identified walking towards the left at TC: 00:24 through 00:27.) Various views of parishioners leaving the church. All are in winter clothes. Closeups of some as they pass the camera. View of church cornerstone displaying the date: September 2, 1907 and St. Michael Church (in Polish). Closeup of men conversing on sidewalk near the church. Most wear fedora hats. But one, who seems somewhat senior, wears a bowler. Ladies and gentlemen are seen wearing hats.
Aerial view of waterfront dock areas at San Francisco Harbor. Longshoremen dock workers in San Francisco demonstrate during a labor dispute and strike for better wages. Police fire tear gas guns at the demonstrators to restore law and order. Farm workers on strike in Bridgeton, New Jersey clash with authorities as they protest and demonstrate for better work conditions. Protestors throwing rocks and men spraying water from hoses. Police grab an African American woman near a farm truck. The polic make many arrests to restore law and order.
Preface to U.S. in World War 2. German U-boat on surface. Crew climbing down into submarine and at duty stations while submerged. Torpedo trails bubbles underwater. Ship hit and explodes. Newspapers report torpedoing of American ships: SS Robin Moor, SS Lehigh, SS Sessa, SS Steelfarer, and SS Montana, by German U-boats. Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson calls on U.S. Navy to secure sea lanes. Wendell Wilkie agrees. U.S. Congress repeals Neutrality Act, November 17, 1941. Deck guns being placed on U.S. Merchantmen. Japanese warships docked and troops entering Indochina, as local people watch.Japanese troops by Dong Dang, near Chinese border. Situation described by animated illustrations.Japanese Special Envoy, Saburo Kurusu, is dispatched to Washington. Pan American Boeing 314 flying boat taking off. Japanese Naval Task Force of warships underway. Kurusu arriving in San Francisco, on November 14, 1941. He steps from the aircraft and makes statement to reporters. Japanese Ambassador, Kichisaburo Nomura, and Special Envoy Kurusu escorted into the White House by Secretary of State Cordell Hull, on November 17, 1941. Japanese troops bombarding Chinese city with artillery. November 26, 1941, View of Executive Office Building with statue of Victory atop U.S. Army First Division Monument. Secretary Hull announcing proposal to Japan.The Japanese representatives leaving the White House. Japanese aircraft carriers steaming toward Pearl Harbor. Japanese flight crews getting briefed on December 7,1941. Nakajima B5N (Kate) torpedo bombers taking off and in formation. Secretary Hull at his desk. The aloha tower and aerial view of Honolulu. Sailors at outdoor Sunday service, and relaxing at Pearl Harbor. Vehicle entering Hickam Field. Japanese airplanes bombing Pearl Harbor. Explosions on U.S. warships. USS Arizona (BB-39) suffers direct hit and explosion, as filmed from the deck of U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, USS Solace (AH-5). Shots of pilots and point of view from pilots inside Japanese bomber and attack aircraft, through a mix of dramatized segments from Japanese propaganda films about the Pearl Harbor attack, and real footage from the Pearl Harbor attack. View from Japanese planes bombing and strafing Ford Island. U.S. sailors firing antiaircraft and machine guns down Japanese planes. Secretary Hull describes memorandum from Japanese.
Workers at Vultee Plant assemble various parts of Vultee BT-13 planes in Downey CA. Assembly of wings can be seen. Workers work at main frame of plane and attach it to motored rotor blades. A completed BT-13 exits the assembly line out in open for testing.June 1941.