The lives of Appalachian mountain people in a depressed area of Kentucky, and how they cope with poverty and maintain their traditions and dignity through music. Hazard, Kentucky: A large crowd gathered in a market place. People look out from windows. The U.S. flag hangs from a building. Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys perform 'John Henry'. People listen and watch. Men, women and children in the crowd.
'The High Lonesome Sound: Kentucky Mountain Music' explores the lives of Appalachian mountain people in a depressed area of Kentucky through spiritual and folk music. Shows how the poverty-stricken people maintain their traditions and dignity through their music. An evangelical church congregation gathered by a river under railway tracks for a ceremony. Men, women and children among the crowd. The church preacher sings gospel while wading in the water. the congregation joins in. A baptism ceremony takes place as a women is immersed in the river. Sound of rail cars filled with coal moving on tracks. Coal Miners seated in mine cars at a coal mine. People sit outside a building on a street. Cars pass by. The men talk. DAISY, Kentucky: An old house amidst wooded mountains. Hens around the house. Roscoe Holcomb, an unemployed construction worker in Hazard, Kentucky, on a swing at the house. A spider in a large web at the house. Holcomb plays the banjo and sings 'Across the Rocky Mountain'. Clothes hang on the wall by a bed inside the house. A bed side table between twin beds, a lamp in the window, a banjo, wardrobe, and clothes by the window. A single stalk of corn. Clouds over the mountains. Miners at work. They carry small boxes. Coal Miners seated in a coal mine car as it enters a tunnel. Light of the car as it disappears into the tunnel.
U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivers a speech in Washington D.C., United States. The President, while addressing a conference, speaks about the food and drug laws of the country, and references issues with the drug Thalidomide. He informs about the decision to increase the staffing at the food and drug administration. He also talks about abill that has been introduced in the Congress to allow rapid removal of drugs from the market that prove hazardous to public health.
Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky. Kentucky Governor Bert T. Combs watch the derby along with his wife and other officials. Horses 'Admiral's Voyage' and 'Ridan' on the race course. Horse No. 3, 'Decidedly' and 'Jaipur' run during the race. 'Greek Money' beats 'Ridan'. 'Jaipur' takes advantage on 'Admiral's Voyage' to win the Kentucky derby.
The 88th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky. A large number of people gathered at Churchill downs to witness Kentucky Derby. Women seated in chairs. Jockey, Willie Hartack, who will ride "Decidedly" stands on a porch, smoking a cigarette. Former champion jockey, Eddie Arcaro, signs autographs. Horses and the jockeys take their positions and the race gets underway. Horses run on the track. A man looks through binoculars. Decidedly, the American Thoroughbred racehorse, wins the race. The winner being presented a blanket of roses.
President John F. Kennedy addresses people of United States about recent events in Cuba from White House. President repeats commitment of peace. He warns further action of Cubans towards collection of nuclear weapons. He gives reference of constitution and briefs seven steps he has instructed. First to halt any offensive shipment and cargo carrying weapons to Cuba. He states that they wont stop any essential goods carrier as Soviets did in 1948. He talked to foreign minister of Organization of American States(OAS) and instructed arm forces to stay prepared. Second he warns any launch by USSR to U.S. Then he tells about meeting with organization of Consultation regarding regional security arrangements. He refers about meeting with security council. He states Soviet Threat to world. President invites cChairman Khrushchev to mediate between Cuba and UN on this matter. He restates no wish to war but difficulty in living in atmosphere of timidness. President Kennedy addresses Cuban people who would be listening this telecast by special radio telecast. He states we respect justice and peace for all. He expresses sorrow for Cuban people. He pronounces Cuban leaders puppets of international conspiracy. He then asks U.S. citizen to be prepared for paying cost of freedom as sacrifice and patience. He states doing nothing to be greatest hazard. He restates U.S. commitment to never choose the way of surrender and work for freedom with peace.