Film opens showing forward port section of the British Battleship HMS Prince of Wales in Placentia Bay, Argentia, Newfoundland. Next, Winston Churchill is seen greeting President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he arrives to meet with him during their Atlantic Conference in 1941. The President is assisted by his son, Army Captain James Roosevelt. The entire ship's company is seen assembled on deck for a church service. Closeup of President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill and their principal advisors. all singing "Onward Christian Soldiers" during the service. Scene shifts to December 7, 1941, showing the American battleship USS Arizona and other battleships being bombed by Japanese aircraft. View shifts to the White House in Washington, DC. on July 19, 1940, President Roosevelt is broadcasting his speech to the Democratic National Convention, accepting nomination for an unprescedented 4th term as President. Views of ordinary Americans in various settings. Legislators congratulating the new Vice President, Harry S. Truman, after inauguration in January 1941. Truman seated and surrounded by staff and well-wishers. View of Truman, his wife, Bess and daughter Margaret, walking across the lawn at their home in Independence, Missouri. View of the three of them, inside their home, opening and sharing congratulatory messages received by the new Vice President. Immediately following FDR's death, now, President Truman is seen assuring the public that he will continue the course set by his predecessor. Glimpses of President Roosevelt seated in front of the White House and at his desk. In Yalta for the Big Three Conference, Roosevelt rides in a jeep as Prime Minister Churchill walks beside. Closeup of Roosevelt and Churchill. Participants gathering for the Yalta conference. Closeup of Roosevelt and Stalin. Churchill arriving and taking his seat. Closeup of the Big Three, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin.
People in quaint costumes during a public procession at Santa-Cali-Gon Fete celebrations in Independence, Missouri. A huge crowd on both the sides of streets watches as natives at a procession in quaint costumes re-enact old stories and impersonate characters of old days. Couples and men in quaint dresses. Man in soldier's dress sitting on a horse, smokes cigar.
The U.S. Capitol dome at night. Montage of U.S. Declaration of Independence with view of U.S. founding fathers. Depiction of 17th century immigrants arriving in the U.S. Group of men marching while carrying a "Don't Tread on Me" Gadsden flag. Depiction of Betsy Ross with U.S.A. flag. A covered wagon at sunset. 18th century men cutting down trees. 18th century men building a log cabin. Settlers arrive to the remains of their burned out cabin. A stage coach on the U.S. prairie. A covered wagon in the midwest. A stage coach traveling through grass lands. 18th century depiction of a western town in the U.S.A. A white man and a native american man driving the last spike to complete a railroad as the steam locomotive starts. An 18th century steam locomotive passes by. External view of 1940s factory. Inside 1940s factory men are building engines. Wide shot of workers entering factory. New York street scene. Los Angeles street scene. A rancher mends a barbed wire fence. Cowboys-ranchers on their horses. Fisherman pulling in nets on shore. Tobacco farming. Leather worker. Shirtless worker wielding a pick axe. Plant worker turning a large valve. A woman painter with a maritime village scene...perhaps Provincetown. A woman scientist in a laboratory. A 1940s family at the dinner table. Farm laborers harvesting melons. Man drives a tractor with woman riding behind him.
United States President Harry S Truman seated with his wife Bess Wallace and daughter Mary margaret in Independence, Missouri, after his successful election as President, in 1948. They read congratulatory telegrams and letters lying on a table in front of them. President Truman speaks to his wife and daughter. Truman with his family outside his house in Independence, Missouri. They look at flowers in the garden.
President Harry Truman aboard the USS Missouri, returning from the Pan American Conference in Rio. He dines with the sailors. Scenes of homecoming in Independence Missouri for President Harry Truman. View of his daughter Margaret and his wife Elizabeth (Bess) seated in their home. He shakes hands with neighbors of all races and creeds and visits his lifelong friend Ed Jacobson at his Westport Men's Clothing Store, where the two men are seen in conversation. Views of the town of Grandview and his mother's cottage there. Harry Truman kisses his elderly mother. At his office in the White House, President Truman poses with 'March of Dimes' poster boy, 3 year old Terry Tullos, and gives him a hug.
Signing of the Medicare Bill by U.S. President Lyndon Johnson at the Harry S Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. Harry S Truman Library at Independence building in Missouri. A large crowd outside the building. U.S. President Lyndon Johnson arrives at the building with his wife Lady Bird Johnson and Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Lady Bird Johnson waves to the crowd. Several other officials accompany them. Men take pictures with cameras as the officials ascend the steps of the building. Inside the building in a hall President Lyndon Johnson shakes hands with former U.S. President Harry S Truman. Several officials stand. President Johnson speaks to President Truman as the Vice President Hubert Humphrey looks on. President Johnson and President Truman take their seats. President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill as the Vice President looks on. The Government officials stand on the side and talk. Lady Bird Johnson, President Truman's wife Bess Truman and Vice President Hubert Humphrey stand behind President Johnson and President Truman.