From a U.S. Department of Agriculture documentary . A lone negro man resides in a dilapidated house surrounded by other rundown outbuildings on the grounds of the Forks of Cypress plantation and farm, in Florence Alabama, (Lauderdale County), United States. A dilapidated shack house on an abandoned plantation or farm. A lone negro man emerges from the house. He walks up to a bell, cleans it, and rings it. View of old main Greek Revival Forks of Cypress house built in 1830 for James Jackson. View of the west elevation of the house and the smokehouse is seen behind and to the side of the main house, and a clothes line with clothes on it beside the smokehouse. Chickens walk on the porch of the house, past its tall colonnade of 24 ionic columns. A cock and chickens outside the house. The elderly negro man looks around, mumbling to himself, walks back towards the other house, enters and closes the doors behind him. (Note: The house burned completely in a 1966 fire).
A film titled ' Negro pilots' about the Tuskegee Airmen negro pilot training in U.S. Army Air Forces in July, 1941. Five Negro pilots stand near an aircraft at Tuskegee, Alabama. Cadets and instructors walks past U.S. Army Air Forces BT-13aircraft. BT-13 aircraft take off and fly in formation. A BT-13 aircraft lands. A Negro pilot talks to an officer.
Preface to U.S. in World War 2. German U-boat on surface. Crew climbing down into submarine and at duty stations while submerged. Torpedo trails bubbles underwater. Ship hit and explodes. Newspapers report torpedoing of American ships: SS Robin Moor, SS Lehigh, SS Sessa, SS Steelfarer, and SS Montana, by German U-boats. Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson calls on U.S. Navy to secure sea lanes. Wendell Wilkie agrees. U.S. Congress repeals Neutrality Act, November 17, 1941. Deck guns being placed on U.S. Merchantmen. Japanese warships docked and troops entering Indochina, as local people watch.Japanese troops by Dong Dang, near Chinese border. Situation described by animated illustrations.Japanese Special Envoy, Saburo Kurusu, is dispatched to Washington. Pan American Boeing 314 flying boat taking off. Japanese Naval Task Force of warships underway. Kurusu arriving in San Francisco, on November 14, 1941. He steps from the aircraft and makes statement to reporters. Japanese Ambassador, Kichisaburo Nomura, and Special Envoy Kurusu escorted into the White House by Secretary of State Cordell Hull, on November 17, 1941. Japanese troops bombarding Chinese city with artillery. November 26, 1941, View of Executive Office Building with statue of Victory atop U.S. Army First Division Monument. Secretary Hull announcing proposal to Japan.The Japanese representatives leaving the White House. Japanese aircraft carriers steaming toward Pearl Harbor. Japanese flight crews getting briefed on December 7,1941. Nakajima B5N (Kate) torpedo bombers taking off and in formation. Secretary Hull at his desk. The aloha tower and aerial view of Honolulu. Sailors at outdoor Sunday service, and relaxing at Pearl Harbor. Vehicle entering Hickam Field. Japanese airplanes bombing Pearl Harbor. Explosions on U.S. warships. USS Arizona (BB-39) suffers direct hit and explosion, as filmed from the deck of U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, USS Solace (AH-5). Shots of pilots and point of view from pilots inside Japanese bomber and attack aircraft, through a mix of dramatized segments from Japanese propaganda films about the Pearl Harbor attack, and real footage from the Pearl Harbor attack. View from Japanese planes bombing and strafing Ford Island. U.S. sailors firing antiaircraft and machine guns down Japanese planes. Secretary Hull describes memorandum from Japanese.
Republican Vice Presidential nominee John Calvin Coolidge, Jr.and his wife, Grace Coolidge, arriving by automobile at the home of Presidential nominee, Warren G. Harding, in Marion, Ohio, United States. There is snow on the ground. They are greeted by Warren G. Harding, on the steps to his home. Visitors, wearing white identification tags, form a line on the porch to meet the candidates. The receiving line is headed by Warren Harding, followed by Grace Coolidge, Florence harding, and Calvin Coolidge. Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge converse on the porch, under American flag. Florence Harding and Grace Coolidge converse in front of the Harding house. Warren Harding shakes hands with William Jennings Bryan, who removes his hat. and then turns to enter the house.
U.S. President John F. Kennedy's speech regarding racism and racial tensions in Alabama, delivered from Washington DC, the White House. United States President Kennedy seated at a desk and speaks over a microphone. The President speaks about racial discrimination against blacks in the United States. He talks about the University of Alabama not giving admission to two clearly qualified young Alabama residents who happened to have been born Negroes, due to segregation and discrimination practices. View of people crowded outside the University of Alabama. Men take pictures as officials escort entering students Vivian Malone and James Hood into the University. The President says that the nation is founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. President Kennedy says that it is right for American consumers of any color to receive equal service in places of public accommodation, to register and to vote in a free election without interference or fear of reprisal. Additional views of Vivian Malone and James Hood walking with crowds and also unaccompanied on the University of Alabama campus. A policeman rides a motorcycle on a road at the University. President Kennedy talks about respecting negro citizens and importance of civil rights and equality. The President says that no city or State or legislative body can prudently choose to ignore the rights of any of its citizens. Press record his speech and take pictures.
U.S. Army Air Forces cadets at Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Alabama. Cadets marching. They march past a line of AT-6 Texan trainer aircraft. The cadets halt, do a left turn and open ranks. Several cadet graduates are given their wings and commissions. USAAF superior officers congratulate the cadets and present the wings. The cadets shake hands, then step back into rank. Several EM are cited. Infantry officers. Senior officers pin wings on infantry officers. The wing on the officer's uniform. Newly commissioned officers are congratulated by their families after graduation. Two new officers admire their wings and pose for the camera. Parked AT-6s in the background. The graduates at attention at "open ranks." Cadets in charge of men make hasty inspection and stop to square hat of Cadet. Superior officers award commissions and wings to the cadets. Graduates wave their hats, cheer, then break ranks.