Busy streets of the cities in the United States. A woman officer at a desk of By Request Department makes an announcement. Busy streets : vehicles drive past through the capital street in Charleston,West Virginia and the main street in Whiteville, Virginia. Buildings seen on either sides of the streets. Civilians walk through the main stand of Fall River, Massachusetts. A market street in Springfield and the center of Newark, New Jersey. Main streets of Winslow and Tucson, Arizona.
In Charleston, West Virginia workers from the WPA (Work Progress Administration) are seen building the new Southside Bridge over the Kanawha River, in 1936. Sign of 'Railroad Crossing'. Rail crossing improved with the addition of a new overpass. Cars passing by mouth of the tunnel. A train pulled by a large steam locomotive emerges from the tunnel, moving by.
During Prohibition, a large group of prisoners who violated liquor laws are seen linked in pairs by hand cuffs marching on streets under guard. Crowd watches prisoners as they walk on streets. Prisoners on bridge. Traffic passes by. Prisoners board train.
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.
Democratic Presidential nominee, John W. Davis, receives tumultous reception in his home town of Clarksburg, West Virginia. Well-wishers jam the streets, bunting is hung on building, and a brass band plays. An open automobile, carrying the Presidential nominee, proceeds slowly through mass of spectators. Davis stands in the car, waves at the crowd, and shakes hand with spectators. Later, he wipes his face with a hankerchief, as he stands with his wife, Ellen G. (Bassel) Davis, on the balcony of a house. Crowd cheers him. One holds sign reading: "West Virginia." Mr. and Mrs. Davis pose for photograph. Mrs. Davis holds bouquet of flowers. Nominee Davis speaks from a podium. Banner on podium displays official motto of West Virginia: "Montani Semper Liberi" (Mountaineers are always free). American flags are massed behind him.
West Virginia State troopers hold doors as President Eisenhower and the Prime Minister of Canada, Louis St. Laurent, come out of the Greenbrier Resort at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, United States. They are joined by U.S. Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, and Bernard M. Shanley, aide to the President. They all laugh and smile as they pose for photographers. The Prime Minister waves at spectators, and shakes President Eisenhowers hand as they say farewell. A 1956 Fleetwood cadillac automobile is parked on the drive with flag of United States and ensign of Canada on its fenders. The car drives away with the Prime Minister and led by a West Virginia State police car.