Lumberjacks cut timber with axe and saw near Crossville, Tennessee. Men load logs onto horse drawn wagon. At saw mill, logs are removed from a truck.. Sign on side of the pickup truck reads, "Owen Wilbanks, Crossville" Workers cut, plain, and process wood logs at the mill in Cross Ville. View of finished lumber stacked high.
Life in the southern mountainous areas of Kentucky and Tennessee. Men build a house. Man saws a wooden plank. Men try to fit a wood block into the house structure. Young boy looks on. Men nail wood blocks and boards on to the roof.
Film opens showing two U.S. Navy Colorado-class battleships leading two others in a line of U.S. Navy battleships underway in a harbor area. Glimpse of officers on bridge of a battleship. Prow of ship creating wake. Variety of U.S. warships engaged in tactical exercise maneuvers. Several views of Mahon-class destroyers leading the fleet seaward in battle order. At TC: 1:54, USS California (BB-44) is seen from port side while underway. Next, Curtiss SOC Seagull observation planes are launched from warships and fly over the fleet in flights of three each. New Mexico class battleship underway at TC: 02:20. The USS Tennessee (BB-43) is seen at TC: 2:25. Closeups of observation aircraft in flight with pilots visible. The USS Aylwin (DD-355) seen around 2:45, then the USS Farragut (DD-348), the USS Case (DD-370), and the USS Monaghan (DD-354). Sailors astern on a destroyer launch depth charges. Wickes-class
4-stack destroyers on the horizon dropping depth charges. Closeup of ashcan depth charges rolling off stern of destroyer. New Mexico class battleships maneuvering.
A dam is constructed under the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in Tennessee, United States. A blast. A crane in operation. A dam and a bridge over the Tennessee River. Workers work on construction of a dam. A section of a huge pipe. Gravel is unloaded from a drum. Workers work on gravel with equipment. The dam generating electrical energy. Huge power plant towers.
A dam generates power in Tennessee, United States. A dam on a river in the Tennessee Valley. The architecture of the dam and its power plant. Generators in the power plant.
The U.S. Capitol dome at night. Montage of U.S. Declaration of Independence with view of U.S. founding fathers. Depiction of 17th century immigrants arriving in the U.S. Group of men marching while carrying a "Don't Tread on Me" Gadsden flag. Depiction of Betsy Ross with U.S.A. flag. A covered wagon at sunset. 18th century men cutting down trees. 18th century men building a log cabin. Settlers arrive to the remains of their burned out cabin. A stage coach on the U.S. prairie. A covered wagon in the midwest. A stage coach traveling through grass lands. 18th century depiction of a western town in the U.S.A. A white man and a native american man driving the last spike to complete a railroad as the steam locomotive starts. An 18th century steam locomotive passes by. External view of 1940s factory. Inside 1940s factory men are building engines. Wide shot of workers entering factory. New York street scene. Los Angeles street scene. A rancher mends a barbed wire fence. Cowboys-ranchers on their horses. Fisherman pulling in nets on shore. Tobacco farming. Leather worker. Shirtless worker wielding a pick axe. Plant worker turning a large valve. A woman painter with a maritime village scene...perhaps Provincetown. A woman scientist in a laboratory. A 1940s family at the dinner table. Farm laborers harvesting melons. Man drives a tractor with woman riding behind him.