General of Army, Douglas MacArthur, speaking on the steps of the Mississippi State Legislature, addresses a joint assembly of the Mississippi State Legislature, and citizens, in Jackson, Mississippi. MacArthur emphasizes that charity begins at home. He questions the merits of America spending billions to fight communism abroad. Further, he questions the commitment of European nations to fight against communism. He notes that the U.S.A. had spiritual leadership of the world, backed by the greatest military power in history, at the end of World War 2. But he claims the U.S. dissipated that power, by betraying Nationalist China; and permitting the Soviet Union to expand into Eastern European countries; while American disarmed and demobilized.
General Douglas MacArthur rides in open top car. Police motorcycle escorts with car pass on a street. Cheering crowds on sidewalks. General MacArthur is in Jackson on the occasion of his speech to a joint session of the Mississippi State Legislature.
Large crowd gathers at Hawkins Field, Municipal airport in Jackson, Mississippi, to greet arriving General of the Army, Douglas McArthur. Preceded by his wife, Jean MacArthur, and their son, Arthur MacArthur,IV, General MacArthur descends stairs from the airplane. The General salutes a U.S. flag, and is escorted by an ROTC cadet in uniform. He talks to soldiers in uniform, present in his honor. Large crowd gathers on and around the steps of the Mississippi State Legislature Building, where a large sign reads: "Liberty."
Red White and Blue Bunting decorates the building. A light rain falls. Some spectators sit under a large plastic sheet.
General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur, in uniform, salutes as a band plays the U.S. National Anthem. He is standing before a battery of microphones, on the steps of the State Legislature in Jackson, Mississippi, next to U.S. Senator, James O. Easland. Scene shifts forward to Senator Eastland delivering a speech of introduction for MacArthur (who had been relieved of his commands, 11 months earlier, by President Harry S. Truman). MacArthur places his notes on the podium and the crowd gives him sustained applause. MacArthur begins by thanking Eastland for the introduction, and addresses the members of the State legislature and citizens of Mississippi. He praises the traditions and contributions of the South to the Country. Film stops momentarily and picks up again as MacArthur says America stands at a crossroads, where one path follows to the principals and ideals upon which rested our country's past grandeur. He says on the other lies the arbitrary rule of men leading to the ultimate loss of constitutional liberty. View of crowd applauding. MacArthur criticizes weakness and vacillation as undermining America's moral leadership of the world. He criticizes U.S. Government domestic spending and reckless dissipation of America's national assets. Intermittent views of crowd receptive to his remarks. He remarks about U.S. Government "propaganda," and quotes Benjamin Franklin, saying "A half truth is often a great lie."
A large crowd gathered at the Mississippi Economic Council silver anniversary meeting in Jackson, Mississippi, held at the Coliseum. President Nixon enters the meeting auditorium with his wife Pat. Whole of the crowd in auditorium applauds. Officials greet and welcome them on stage. Mississippi Governor William L Waller gives introductory address and praises Nixon's concern for Mississippi. President Nixon listens carefully to his words and shakes hands with him as he finishes his speech. Other officials attending included Senator Jim Eastland, Senator John Stennis, and Mississippi congressmen.
Major prison riots of the year 1952. North Korean POW soldiers of the Korean War stage a mass rebellion at POW camps in Koji islands and Pongam Island, off South Korea. U.S. and U.N. guards quell riots at the camps, resulting in death of North Korean prisoners and injuries. Medics are seen treating injured North Korean prisoners. U.N. guards escort prisoners in lines after the riots. Scene shifts to the the United States where damaged prison property in Michigan and New Jersey is seen after prison riots. Broken window glasses and furniture strewn about in a multi-story room of the New Jersey State Reformatory. Scene changes to Southern Michigan State Prison, also called Jackson State Prison, following riots there. Four prisoners including ring leader Earl Ward (second from left) are seen inside the building behind bars, during the standoff where they seized a cell block and held guards as hostages. A prison guard on watch with rifle in hand, looking from an elevated post downward onto a Jackson State Prison courtyard.