Americans listen to a chamber string quartet playing music on stage. Vintage views of various famous American cities in the 1950s. Sweeping wide views of American wilderness with mountains in distant background. Elevated view of a river in America. A railroad marshaling yard with skyline of Chicago Illinois in the distance. Close view of two railroad trains passing in opposite directions in downtown Chicago with skyscraper in background. A city street in downtown Detroit Michigan with 1950s cars on the road. View of the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis Minnesota and the city skyline in background. View of Saint Paul Minnesota with river, bridge, and some nearby factories. View of Saint Louis Missouri as seen from an anchored position on the Mississippi River. The city skyline of New Orleans from a distance. View of Pittsburgh skyline with the West End Bridge over the Ohio River in the foreground. People walk on the grounds of Liberty Island in New York, with the Statue of Liberty seen towering above. Aerial view of New York city's skyline, skyscrapers and New York harbor. Camera view panning from ground to top of Empire State Building in Manhattan. Aerial view of Washington DC and Potomac River. Ground view of Jefferson Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol seen together. Steps of Lincoln Memorial and view of statue of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln inside the memorial. An eastern American mountain view, witha lake or river in the foreground. View of Half Dome peak in Yosemite National Park seen from a moving vehicle. Elevated view of a dense forest in the western United States. Pacific coast scene of surf washing onto rocks in a rocky area with nearby cliffs and mountains.
Bruce Dicky, a banker speaks on importance of roads for prosperous growth of people. Scenes of a road, on a side of a lake. Traffic moving on roads. Houses on sides of roads. View of industries and suburban shopping centers of the 1950's with many 1950's cars parked in parking lots, made possible by expanding roads and highway systems in America. Building of a cancer research center. C Y Thomas, a doctor speaks on the location of the hospital and the importance of roads linking to it. Interstate 287 with traffic moving on it. Industries and buildings linked with roads.
Film about the state of Illinois in the United States. People enter a building for the Illinois State fair. People in the fair. Swings and people in bus. Farmers walk with cattle. A farmer near his cow. A girl near her sheep who won the prize. Children on a miniature train. Harness racing at the fair. Sports cars driven during a auto racing. People in a bus. The statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Illinois State Capitol building. A ship in front of The Wrigley Building in Michigan Avenue.
Film 'This is our Land' about the state of Illinois in the United States. A bridge over a river. A view of the river through the bridge. The highway running alongside the river. A man sits on a bench under a tree. The skyscrapers of the city. Automobile traffic on the road. People walk on sidewalks. Pedestrians and automobile traffic in the capital city Springfield. The Illinois State Capitol building. A view of the Capitol dome. The statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Illinois State Capitol building. The Lincoln Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. A child rubs nose of the sculpted face of Abraham Lincoln.
Factory whistle blows and men entering a factory. Car chassis factory assembly line. Locomotive engineer blows train whistle and locomotive with cultivators on a flat bed car. Cultivators harvesting grain. Woman carries groceries from shop to a 1950's sedan car parked on street. View of 1950's automobile highway traffic and aerial view of highway. Eisenhower inauguration. In his speech, Eisenhower emphasizes that, "we stand ready to engage with any and all others in joint efforts to remove the causes of mutual fear and distrust among nations..." Newspaper headline 'Korean Truce Signed'. American troops disembark ship and greet family. Secretary of State Dulles with Churchill. Eisenhower and Churchill at Geneva conference, along with Kruschev. Eisenhower speaks before United Nations about efforts to form an "atom pool." He notes United States "determination to help solve the fearful atomic dilemma...." Newspaper headlines 'Eisenhower Signs Sea Way Bill'. Construction of Saint Lawrence Seaway. 'Budget' and 'tax cuts' news in newspapers, including headline, "White House ends all wage controls...." Farmer plows field with tractor. Construction of new buildings and highway system through Eisenhower programs. Views of the newly established Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Workers filing cards in giant room of file drawers and cabinets. Nurse draws vaccine into syringe. Children are vaccinated. President Eisenhower meets leaders from different countries at White House, including England's Queen Mother and King Paul, Queen Frederica of Greece, and Prime Minister St-Laurent of Canada. Eisenhower at press conference discussing disarmament notes importance of the "elimination of opportunity of surprise attack." View of fff shore towers and listening platforms and missiles to protect America from attacks. Nautilus submarine launched. Plane taking off from aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59). Formation of Northrop F-89 Scorpions in flight.
Film about the states of Illinois in the United States. People walk in the University of Illinois. People enter the building in the university. A student looks through a dumpy level on a scale. Another student stands holding a scale. Students walk, carrying another dumpy level, on tripod in the background.