War Parade on Fifth Avenue, in New York City, United States. Soldier, in pith helmet, walks with a young boy in uniform.A float with beauty queens from South and Central American countries. A dinosaur-dragon float, representing the Axis powers. A float portraying the devastation and suffering at Bataan and Corregidor. A float showing George Washington rolling up his sleeves, and lined all around with soldiers, sailors,Marines, air raid wardens, and the like. An open car, surrounded by motorcycle policemen, carrying Parade Grand Marshal, Lieutenant General Hugh A. Drum, and a New York City official. A float of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, depicting Stalin on a white horse, and a sign saying: "Victory in 1942." A float with Soldiers,Sailors, Marines, American flags, and pretty women, with sign reading: " Sign Your War Bond Pledge June 14-24." United States flags fly on the buildings. A contingent of Norwegian Air Force, followed by Norwegian sailors and a large float of a ship, with sign reading: "Norway's Seamen, Norway's Front Line Soldiers, 3rd Largest Fleet in United Nations." A float of Belgium. Contingent of Greeks, led by one dressed as ancient Athenian warrior, followed by group carrying a small replica of the Parthenon.They are followed by Greek women in traditional costumes of Amalia and men in traditional uniforms of Evzone. A huge crowd gathered on the sidewalk. Marchers carry placards 'Destroy Hitlerism'.
The world struggle for oil is depicted. Use of components of oil in homes and in railroads in the United States is shown. A dramatization shows the effect of a kerosene lamp on social life. A woman seated in a chair near a table in a room. A kerosene lamp in a corner. A man opens the door of the room and walks in. The woman gets up and welcomes the man. They both walk to a seat and sit down. Another woman enters the room. The man stands to greet her. She increases the light of the lamp and then leaves the room. The man decreases the light of the lamp. The man and the woman talk. The 1893 replica of the 1831 DeWitt Clinton steam locomotive is shown in operation with its three carriage train, in New York City. The DeWitt Clinton was the first railroad locomotive to operate on the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad in New York. The reproduction seen here was built in 1893 by the New York Central Railroad for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This footage was shot on July 17, 1921 when the DeWitt Clinton train was preparing for a trip to another exposition in Chicago. On this day it ran several times from 96th to 116th streets in New York City. New York Central employees are seen on the drain, dressed as passengers would have been in 1831. This replica was later displayed at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, and is is now on display at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn Michigan. It was acquired by Henry Ford in 1934, in an agreement with the New York Central that it would continue to travel to events on occasion.
Jefferson Thomas standing against the wall in hallway of Central High School, Little Rock Arkansas, four years after graduating. Bell rings and the hall fills with students changing classes. Scene shifts to Elizabeth Eckford, while a student at Central High, and then to her at Central State College, in Ohio, where she is seen moving about the campus buildings and grounds. Scene flashes back to 1957 where she is seen with others entering Central High, Little Rock, Arkansas, under U.S. Army protection. Scene returns to Central State College, where students stand in a circle and sing their Alma Mater song.
Scenes from Central Park in New York City, United States. Families with children are seen throughout the park. Families relax under shade in the park. A family seated in a garden. A pram (stroller, carriage) in the foreground. A child seated on his father's lap on a park bench. Children laugh and enjoy. A happy and smiling boy. Families take children to watch the animals in the Central Park Zoo. Chimpanzee climbs on a bar. A Panda bear eating a bamboo shoot. A sleepy looking hippopotamus with his head lying down. Elsewhere in New York City as evening approaches: Vehicles on the street and passing under the Washington Square Arch. Skyscrapers in view. Evening in New York City. The Brooklyn Bridge is seen from ground level. Lights on the buildings and skyscrapers of New York at night.
Jefferson Thomas, of the "Little Rock Nine," in a hallway, revisiting Central High School, in Little Rock Arkansas. He looks through a classroom window at a former teacher, Miss Dunn, speaking to a class from a lab table next to an anatomical model. View of Ernest Green sitting with other students in a lab filled with electronic equipment. Much later, as President of the NAACP chapter on campus of Michigan State University, he is seen handing out pamphlets to other students. Views of students congregating on the grounds of the university. One girl holds a poster reading "Give, NAACP Fund Drive." Professor David Gottlieb introduces Ernest Green who steps to a classroom podium to speak to Michigan State students in a lecture room. Green carrying books is seen entering and sitting down in the Michigan State library. In another scene, he enters sociological data into Hollerith punch cards for processing by computer. He walks in the university computer room where tape decks are seen spinning and computer operators are at work. One of the tapes mounted on a drive is labeled: "Ernest Green, Aspirations." Results from his work are seen coming out of a line printer. Green sits in a library and opens the 1960 yearbook of Central High School containing his and Carlotta Walls 'entries. View of Carlotta, in dorm at Denver University, Colorado, where she is a student. Gloria Ray is seen at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she is a senior majoring in chemistry. Terrence Roberts is seen at the City College of Los Angeles, where he is studying Business Administration. Melba Pattillo, who left college to marry, is seen in two views.Scene shifts back to Central High and Jefferson Thomas, looking at the athletic trophies on display. He (who is narrating this film) states that he will take an exam in Spring to become a Certified Public Accountant. He walks down steps of Central High and camera pans over neighborhood to the State Capitol dome in distance.
A United States troop transport ship at sea during the first World War. U.S. Army troops (aka dough boys) aboard the ship. U.S. Army soldiers march in formation in a large city square area in Europe (likely France) holding rifles during World War 1. United States troop ships being loaded with American soldiers for World War I, and scenes of U.S. troops in WWI marching in the streets of a European city. Scenes from earlier during combat in the war. World War I allied soldiers on battle front in France. Soldiers run to a bomb crater area for shelter when crossing no man's land. Soldiers fire artillery. Artillery shells explode. Allied soldiers running across a battlefield as tanks run beside them toward the German enemy. People wave U.S. flags as First World War war ends with Armistice. Large crowd gathers in New York celebrating WWI armistice. Newspaper held high by a man with headline "Germany Surrenders". Views in the United States of hard times in American towns after World War I ended and war industries were no longer providing money. View of forests. Girl draws water from a well. Man and a boy operate a grindstone sharpening a saw. Farmers plowing fields with horse drawn plows during great depression era. People do agricultural works at fields. Negro farmers at cotton office. Cattle in field. Man and a woman milk cows with hands. Man pours milk in vessels. Milk processing before bottling including pouring milk through a cooling device. Men on tractor at fields. A board reads 'For the common defense'. Views of a factory. A man operates a switch on a switchboard for generating electricity. Views of a power generation plant. Narrator describes how America will prevent a slide into hard financial times again after World War 2 ends. From a 1942 production with footage from 1917 through 1942.