Congressmen views road tests of automobile safety show in Chelsea, Michigan. A car goes. Board reads 'Danger, High speed testing' and other informations. Congressmen stand and watch. Cars move in speed. Three cars speed away. Car crashes but does not turn over. Men sit and watch.
Communists march in Washington DC. The communists protest in front of Department of Justice Building. They carry banners protesting the prosecution of 12 Communists under the Alien Registration Act (Smith Act) of 1940. Policeman watches. Patterson, Civil Rights Secretary, Mrs John Gates and Defense Lawyer O John Rogge pose. Scene change to New York City. View from next to mounted Police officer at Courthouse in Foley Square, Manhattan, New York City. Photographers and reporters assembled on steps of courthouse. William L. Patterson, National Executive Secretary of Civil Rights Congress and defense lawyer, O. John Rogge on the steps, entering the courthouse. Reporters on steps. Pamphlets read 'Not 12 Men on trial- but everybody'. Pickets in front of the Court House. Judge Medina on steps. Cameramen take photographs with eyemos cameras. Three prosecuting attorneys pose, with Chief Prosecutor, U.S. Attorney John F. X. McGohey in the center. Simon Gerson,who had been assisting the Defense, makes a public statement about the effects on the rights of all. 11 defendants, including, William Z. Foster, Benjamin Davis, Eugene Dennis, Henry Winston, John Williamson and Jacob Stachel, John Gates, Gus Hall, and Robert G. Thompson. Views of notable Communist establishments: Union Square and 16th Street offices of Freiheit, the Jewish Daily Newspaper (official Jewish Communist newspaper, published in Yiddish, on presses shared with the Daily Worker); Communist Party Center, Chelsea & Waterfront Sections of Chelsea neighborhood; Henry Forbes East Side Center, Communist Party, 201 Second Avenue (Named for Henry Forbes, a former executive secretary of the Communist party of New York County); and East-Midtown Communist Party headquarters. Party leader William Z. Foster speaking. Communist, Judith Coplon with lawyer, Archibald Palmer, in his offices.
American Olympic Team welcomed upon arrival in New York Harbor aboard a Steamship. A New York City fireboat creates plumes of water in welcome. A boat carrying the New York City Police Department Band passes with band playing in the bow. A floral arrangement reads 'Welcome Olympians. Various American Olympic heroes are seen. Jesse Owens and other African American members of the team are seen. New York officials greet the Olympians.
The 1956 National Convention of the Democratic Party in Chicago, Illinois. Former President Harry S. Truman and his wife Bess, taking seats at the convention.Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, taking her seat. Democratic Party National Chairman, Paul M. Butler standing behind and below the podium as convention prepares to get underway. Amphitheater is filled with seated delegates, as they are called to order. Delegates standing and applauding, following the keynote speech of Frank G. Clement, Governor of Tennessee,who touches the Tennessee delegate identification pole as it is thrust toward him.. Delegates waving poles displaying their respective State Names.
Railway stations in New York City in the United States. Passengers board train at elevated station. Point of view shot from front car of moving subway train as it rounds a bend and then the train enters a tunnel and continues underground. View of passengers inside car on "A" train express subway line. Passengers getting off at 34th street subway station and riding escalator up to street in 33rd St and 32nd Street area (includes Midtown shots, and possibly parts of Chelsea).
A collapsed building in Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Rescue workers and firemen digging quickly in the ruins. Ten people were hurt when the old building collapsed at 8th avenue and 23rd street. Policemen stand near wreckage of the building. Workmen who had repairing the floors and pedestrians walking in front of the building had been buried in the ruins.