Two night trains collide on the Georgia railroad. Cranes try to lift the train engine and the carts. Rescue workers try to clear the railroad. Two engineers and one fireman die in the accident.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, speaks at the dedication of Techwood Homes. (Techwood was a slum clearance project to build twenty-three brick and concrete buildings to house 604 families and 308 Georgia Tech students. It also included forty-two concrete buildings with 677 apartments at Atlanta University.) The President is seen delivering his dedication speech, entitled,"The Meaning of Progress," at Grant Field on the Georgia Tech campus, Atlanta, Georgia, before an audience of 50,000 people. He remembers the day, eleven years ago, in 1924, when he first came to Warm Springs, Georgia. He speaks about those days of so-called prosperity in America,when speculators profited and there was a "fools paradise before "the crash", and the citizens were left "holding the bag." He reflects on the disaster and gloom from 1929 to March 3,1933, and reminds the audience of his administrations subsequent actions to re-open closed banks and establish insurance for bank depositors. He speaks of the efforts of Government to find gainful employment for people out of work.
A film depicts an impressionistic study of Washington DC on a typical Great Depression day. Clark Mills's Lieutenant General George Washginton equestrian statue at Washington Circle. A cemetery and men work at the cemetery. They use a machine to help lift old grave markers up out of the ground. The grave markers appear to be circa civil war era. A marker with number 7566 on top is lifted out of the cemetery grounds. Elevated view of Pennsylvania Avenue, Old Post Office Building seen on right, and traffic on the street. Close up elevated view of 1930's automobiles stopped a stop light. Several views of 1935 year license plates or number plates of cars from various states including California, Georgia, New York, Wisconsin, and Ohio . A horse eats food from a bucket. A woman seated on a footpath drinks and enjoys lunch. A family seated around a table during a lunch break. People at the National Zoo. They look at animals and stand behind a cage. A young girl plays with leopard cubs. Picnickers seated in a garden, with cars on roadway behind, possibly Rock Creek Park area. A close up of a young girl eating. Children swinging on a swing set.
A football match between the teams of Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida in Atlanta, Georgia. A huge crowd seated in the spectator area. The crowd cheers. Match in progress. Players at line of scrimmage. Yellow Jackets of Georgia win over Florida by scoring Thirty-nine to six.
President Franklin D Roosevelt during a vacation at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia. President Roosevelt sits in his personal hand-controlled 1932 Plymouth PA Phaeton open car, outside the little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia. He sits in the car as photographers take pictures. U.S. Marine guard stands at attention , in background. A man sitting in back seat of the open car moves to the front and sits next to President Roosevelt, who then drives the car, with the man, smiling beside him. Front view of the car shows a triple A insignia and license plate displaying the single letter "R." A Secret Service agent jumps on the running board as the car comes past him. Other Secret Service Agents follow in another car. The two cars are seen under the entrance sign to "Georgia Warm Springs Foundation." The President is driving with three passengers in his car, followed by the Secret Service car. They proceed out on the public highway, past a gasoline station with "Standard Oil Products" sign in front. A U.S. Marine guard in uniform, stands beside large sign reading: "This is The Little White House." it asks the public not to intrude.
General Hugh L. Scott seated on a chair demonstrates Indian sign language. General demonstrates sign for Dearborn River. Sign used is - sheet floating down.