A 50 mile sweepstakes car race in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Cars race ahead of each other on a dirt track as 23,000 spectators watch the race. Driver Ken Douglas skids on a turn and hits a ditch during the race. Douglas being carried away on a stretcher for medical aid. The race continues. Bill Cummings smiles after winning the race.
A 50 mile car race at Hankinson speedway in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. A large number of spectators gather at the Hankinson speedway to witness an inaugural 50 mile car race. Car race gets underway. A driver looses one of the wheels at top speed during the race. Mackenzie crosses the finish line ahead of others to win the race. He drinks after the race to celebrate his victory.
Woodsey Castonguay sets motorbike speed record at the National Amateur National Motocross championships in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Riders ride motorbikes along dirt course. Spectators cheering. Woodsey Castonguay sets a new speed record.
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
President Franklin Roosevelt in his acceptance speech addresses the gathered delegates of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia's Convention Hall. Posters of Roosevelt and his running mate John Nance Garner. Roosevelt is surrounded by guards. In the nomination acceptance speech, he speaks of the courage of the American people in withstanding problems and facing challenges. He endorses the platform of the democratic convention. He insists on protection of the family and home, sustenance of democracy, and aid to those overtaken by disaster. He talks of the war in America being waged against want and destitution, as well as a war for the survival of democracy. Crowd cheers and claps to the words of President Roosevelt. Band playing "Happy Days are Here Again" at end of clip, which was had been the campaign song of the democratic party for the prior, 1932, presidential campaign.
Bonus Army demonstrators at Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. Views of U.S. Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue. Demonstrators of Bonus Army on the street. Washington DC police drag veterans from a Pennsylvania Avenue warehouse and load them onto trucks.