Franklin D Roosevelt's Presidential election campaign in Atlanta, Georgia. In the opening scene, New York Governor Roosevelt begins addressing a huge gathering of some 7000 people in the old Atlanta Armory auditorium, on the evening of October 24, 1932. The stage is filled with flowers donated by Atlanta florists, for the occasion, including a tall arch of flowers surrounding the speaker rostrum. Roosevelt begins his comments expressing appreciation for the warm welcome given by people of Georgia. The scene then changes, completely, and He, along with his family, are seen relaxing in his winter home in Warm Springs, Georgia. He sits with a group of musicians and listens as they play country music.
Opening scene shows the White House in Washington, DC. Scene shifts to President Roosevelt seated, ready to address the Nation by radio. View of the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. FDR with his entire family posing, in front of the family home "Springwood" at Hyde Park, New York. Roosevelt, when Governor of New York, seen in a sail boat, in 1929. FDR in his car at his Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Georgia. He is speaking with a man associated with the Institute, who then greets several polio victims in wheel chairs there. Crowds celebrating Roosevelt's election, in Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, in 1932. Roosevelt, at the Democratic Headquarters at the Biltmore Hotel on November 8, 1932. He is standing, supported by his son James, as he remarks: "It looks my friends like a real landslide this time." Aerial view of the U.S. Capitol. FDR taking the oath of office on March 4, 1933. A man looking at stock market ticker tape. A group of people raising a National Recovery Administration member flag. Glimpse of "Springwood" and then view of President Roosevelt sitting next to his mother, Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt. Next, as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt sit in the garden, their grandchildren, Anna Eleanor Dall ("Sistie") and Curtis Roosevelt Dall ("Buzzie") come past riding horses, with granddaughter Sara, behind them on a pony. FDR pets the pony and talks with Sara. FDR being nominated for a second term as President, in the 1936 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. President Roosevelt, riding in an inaugural motorcade as he begins an unprecedented 4th term as President in 1941. Glimpse of President and Mrs. Roosevelt in an open car. West point cadets marching in the inaugural parade. Military trucks towing artillery pieces in the parade. President Roosevelt speaking at the dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association at the Willard hotel in Washington, DC, March 15, 1941. He extols the virtues of Winston Churchill and the British people. And he promises that America will supply them with the war materiel they need (This is known as the Lend Lease Speech.)
Scene of steam locomotive starting to move. Engineer in the locomotive cab. Franklin D Roosevelt's Presidential election campaign. A railroad train pulls up at a station in Kentucky. Governor of New York, Franklin D Roosevelt addresses a public meeting in Topeka, Kansas,about the new deal and its help for farmers. His train arrives in Seattle and a large crowd welcomes him at the rail road station. A train moves over a bridge and Roosevelt arrives in Springfield, Georgia to campaign for the Presidential elections. He receives a warm welcome in Georgia.
5 people dead and 20 hurt in head on crash of passenger trains. Wrecked train cars seen after two Central of Georgia passenger trains ran into each other near a swampland curve of Ogeechee, Georgia. The accident killed five crew members due to explosion of boilers and twenty others were hurt. Rail cars and twisted metal seen at the site of the collision. Executive cars seen on their sides, one with a large hole in the rear side. A Central of Georgia crane loads train wreckage into a waiting Central of Georgia open railroad car.
Hard times in the Great Depression led to formation of The Bonus Army. American veterans of World War 1 march on streets of Washington DC, carrying a large poster demanding immediate cash redemption their "bonus" service certificates awarded by Congress in 1924 (but not lawfully payable until 1945). Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, ordered by President Hoover, to clear the Bonus Army encampments, is seen standing in a street surrounded by several U.S. Army troops. People watch from sidewalks as a contingent of U.S. Army cavalry rides down the street. U.S. Army M-1917 tanks roll down Pennsylvania Avenue in July 1932. Bonus marchers and others watch from Lafayette Park in background. Scene shifts to the 1932 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, where delegates cheer after nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt as their Presidential candidate. Roosevelt seen waving from the podium. Migrant farm workers seen at temporary, dilapidated dwellings in close quarters, and sitting at a campfire, some with sad and desperate faces. Migrant farm workers' cars on the road, piled high with family belongings during westward migration. Migrants riding atop an open railroad freight car. Two men share a copy of the "Epic News" newspaper (published by supporters of Upton Sinclair and the End Poverty Movement in Los Angeles and central California). Narrator describes programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction workers ignite demolition charges during construction of Boulder Dam (aka Hoover Dam and officially so-named in 1947). Glimpse of President Roosevelt at the site in an open car, for its dedication on September 30, 1935. Construction workers engaged in building the dam. Another shot of President Roosevelt in his open car. Towers being erected to carry electric power from the dam's hydroelectric generators. President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiling broadly at the formal dedication ceremony, September 30, 1935. Controlled discharges of water through the dam. Views of the Boulder Dam hydroelectric generating station. Oil well rigs or oil derricks at work during construction at night. People at work in fabric mills or textile mills, and in a print shop
United States troops advance on the island of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands during World War II. The troops land on a small channel island between Rendova and Munda Point in New Georgia. An animated map highlights Munda Point location to be attacked by the U.S. forces. The map depicts landing of the U.S. forces on Zanana from Rendova. The troops advance on the island. U.S. Army Air Forces fighter aircraft take off to cover U.S. amphibious forces underway to New Georgia from Gudalcanal. The aircraft in flight over water. A submerged U.S. ship after being hit. U.S. reinforcements and equipment continues to arrive in New Georgia. A map depicts the invasion of Enogai Inlet by the U.S. forces and advance through Zanana. A bulldozer levels a muddy land in a jungle. A U.S. Army jeep drives along a muddy road in the jungle. Transport aircraft of U.S. Troop Carrier Command in the sky. The aircraft drop parachute supplies for the troops.