Democratic Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Delegates from various states at the Democratic Convention. Senator Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky delivers Keynote address, including a call for Congress to repeal the 18th Amendment to the Constitution (Prohibition). A woman temperance supporter who gives the impression of being in a trance (perhaps "channeling" a spirit?), says she is George Nye, the Quaker Evangelist of Madison, Wisconsin. She speaks for the Prohibition Party (sometimes called the Dry's or Dries) and condemns both Republican and Democratic parties for their alcohol tolerance. William McAdoo addresses the convention and declares Franklin D Roosevelt the Democratic candidate for President of the United States.
View of the delegates to the 1932 Republican National Convention at Chicago Stadium, in Chicago, Illinois. The delegates are arranged on the convention floor in groups, by State, each State delegation identified by a sign. Officials coming on stage. President Hoover appears. Former President Calvin Coolidge and Mrs. Coolidge, on stage beside Vice President and Mrs. Charles Curtis. Both ladies hold large bouquets of flowers. War Hero, General of the Armies, John Pershing, is introduced and receives a standing ovation. President Herbert Hoover standing with General Pershing on stage.
Film 'The Fight for Life' dramatizes experience of a physician in obstetric practice at a Chicago hospital. View of engraved stone reading: City Hospital, 1932, over archway, at entrance to a Chicago hospital. Medical staff walk in hallway. A nurse enters maternity center where doctors stand beside a woman in labor on a table.The principal doctor monitors the fetus heartbeat. The mother becomes stressed and the anesthesiolgist helps her. Physician places newborn infant on cart and nurse rolls it away. View of baby. Nurse and doctors attending the mother express alarm over her blood pressure.They administer oxygen and several doses of medicine by hypodermic. But the patient dies. One of the attending physicians (Dr. O'Donnell) is clearly moved by the event, and seems deep in thought as he leaves the hospital, not even noticing the receptionist who bids him good evening as he passes her.
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
Renewed manufacturing activity throughout the nation recalls thousands of workers as the American industry forges onward and shows some signs of improvement during the great depression. Bloomington, Illinois: Workers manufacture oil heaters. They work on various machines and equipment. Middleton, Ohio: 2400 men at work in one of the big rolling mill companies. The workers arrive at the steel mill. Steel processing. Santa Monica, California: Men and women report for work at the Douglas Aircraft Plant. They work on a tight schedule for the new type Army torpedo and bombing planes. Men work on various parts of the aircraft. Chicago, Illinois: The Atlas Brewing Company, a huge brewery and bottling works where the production has been speeded to almost 30,000 bottles of beer an hour to meet a surge of demand following the passing of the Volstead Act allowing 3.2 beer (3.2% alchohol), near the end of prohibition in America. Beer Bottles move on conveyor belts. The bottles are filled, packed in crates and readied for transportation.
A film surveys federal provisions for the education of the Native American Indian students in the United States during the Great Depression, and cultural integration of Native Americans into white cultures. An Indian woman holds her baby. An Indian man talks to a woman. Two women in traditional dress pose. Exteriors of a church. A picture depicting increase in grants for Indian education and decrease in appropriations for military control in the United States from 1886 to 1932.