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. One of the oldest Regular Baptist Churches in Jefferson, Kentucky. The Church nestled amidst mountains. Cars approach. The congregation inside. The priest sings hymns. Elderly and young people seated on benches listen. A man with his head held in his hands. A little girl towards the back. People pray on their knees. They sing 'When I can Read my Titles Clear' from hymn books. Some people sit while some stand. The congregation members greet each other. Miners work at a mine. Miners in mine cars as it emerges from a tunnel. They get off and move away.
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 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 Kennedy speaking at the UN in the United States. Men and children helped out of trucks by U.S. sailors. U.S. troops and tanks moving and firing machine gun, in Korea. U.S. Navy warships underway at sea. Wounded men attended to in hospitals. American engaged in economic assistance program. The Washington Monument in Washington DC. A statue of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln inside the Lincoln Memorial. The Jefferson Memorial and the statue of former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Words spoken by Thomas Jefferson : 'I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man'.
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.
Thomas Jefferson's personal life in Virginia,United States. Dramatization: Actors portraying Thomas Jefferson and Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson moving out of a house. Their two daughters talk to them and sit on the stairs at the entrance of the house. Thomas Jefferson and Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson sit and talk in a garden. Men move in front of the building. Women sit and talk in garden. Thomas Jefferson stands with two other men and points at a farmland. Pigs on the farmland. Parties at Monticello. Men and women dance. Thomas Jefferson sits and talks to his daughters.