To promote better relations with Latin America through his "Alliance For Progress," President and Mrs. Kennedy visited Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia. Starting at Puerto Rico,on December 15, 1961, a sign is seen bearing the President's image and reading 'Welcome" in Spanich. Next in a motorcade through a crowded street, a man stands in an open car throwing confetti, while President John F. Kennedy (JFK) follows in another open car, accompanied by Governor Munoz Marin of Puerto Rico. In change of scene (and country) on December 16th, JFK stands at a microphone in Venezuela, next to an interpreter making notes. He introduces his wife, as a Kennedy who doesn't need an interpreter, and asks her to say a few words. Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy leaves her seat next to President Romulo Betancourt, and steps to the microphone, where she briefly addresses the gathering in Spanish. (Mrs. Betancourt occupies the seat next to JFK's empty one.) After Mrs. Kennedy's brief remarks, those in the gathering applaud, and President Kennedy appears delighted.
Guests from all the American republics and Members of Congress during a reception at White House, Washington DC. President Kennedy addresses the guests regarding poverty and promise in Latin America. President shakes hand with a man. President leaving with his wife Jacqueline Kennedy and others.
Opening scene shows U.S. State Department officials of the Division of the American Republics in a meeting. They examine a map titled "Inter-American Highway" showing a proposed highway running from the border of the U.S. and Mexico at Laredo Texas, all the way through Mexico, Latin America, and into South America. View of South American farmers loading hay into a horse cart, then of cattle in a stockyard being herded by a cowboy on a horse. Aerial view of city of Rio de Janeiro Brazil circa 1938. Narrator discusses threat of dictatorships in countries of South America. Views of German ships and German contracted ships loading and unloading at Buenos Aires harbor. Narrator describes system of barter where Argentina sends goods to Germany in exchange for German-made goods. Swastika flag on one of the cargo ships. Dock crane with German sign "Deutsche Maschinenfabrik A.G. Duisburg". Letters on side of a ship reads 'Buenos Aires Maru'. Supplies unloaded from ship. Cargo stacked including wooden boxes with German writing labeled "Vorsicht - San Paulo Brasilien". In a Latin American or South American city, view of the storefront for luxury goods by Herm Stoltz & Co. A Nazi German flag hangs above the store entrance. Fine leather goods, cameras, figurines, steins, etc from Germany are shown in store window displays. View of Nazi German books on display in storefronts, including closeup of translated book "Mein Kampf" ("Mi Lucha") by Adolf Hitler, bearing an image of Hitler on front cover. A German passenger aircraft parked at an airfield, which narrator describes as being part of a German airline offering service to South America within two days of Berlin, Germany. More German airplanes are shown at an airport in South America. View of government offices in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Large crest with a bird atop an entrance. Interior office view of President Getúlio Vargas of Brazil seated in discussion with American diplomats. Narrator indicates that Vargas learned of German colonists in Brazil planning his overthrow by assassination, and therefore outlawed all Nazi activity. Poster of Vargas communicating his policies. Scene switches to exterior view of the State, War, and Navy Building (later the Executive Office Building) in Washington DC, with the First Division Monument in the foreground. Interior view of office door bearing sign for Under Secretary of State. Inside, Sumner Welles is seen in discussion with officials. He is asked about the American attitude toward Latin America. Welles describes the importance of strengthening ties between the countries of the Americas. Under Secretary Welles states that the welfare of all of the countries in the region may depend on their continued solidarity.
Japanese Propaganda film during World War II: Opening slate "La Federacion Japonesa de los gremios de exportadores e importadores con la America Latina . Producida por Domei Tsusin Sha". Scenes from exterior and interior of a Radio Studio in Tokyo where a narrator addresses persons of Latin America and South America. He introduces a Japanese orchestra in the radio studio which begins to play. Scenes of a map with animation of the radio signals from Japan being carried to Latin America and South America. Next is a "tour" of Tokyo: The Palace of the Japanese Emperor. Interior of the building. Officer speaks. Musical instruments played. Signs and various country names drawn on map. Another map shows Nippon and Tokyo.
Scenes of the industrial city of Tokyo: Bridge, birds fly, vehicles on roads, residential area and modern buildings. A night club.
Exterior view of Pan American Union Building in Washington DC, with a 1930s Packard four door sedan-limousine parked in front. A man entering the building. Jefferson Caffery, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, seated in an office and reviewing paperwork. Narrator describes the creation of the Good Neighbor Fleet (where Moore-McCormack Lines, also called Mooremack, was contracted to run three ocean liners of the U.S. Maritime Commission between the USA and South America, called the Good Neighbor Fleet.) Close up picture of brochure advertising the new fleet, and picturing the three ships (The California, Virginia and Pennsylvania from the former Panama Pacific Line, with new names Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.) Next scene shows 3 men meeting (this is possibly Moore-McCormack Lines founder Albert V. Moore, on right, seated at a table and in discussion, possibly with U.S. Maritime officials. Man on left is possibly Emmet McCormack.) Passengers aboard liner SS Brazil as it departs port. Crowd on docks wave at the ship leaving New York harbor. View from on board SS Brazil in New York Harbor as a nearby tug boat sprays water. Skyline and skyscrapers of New York City's Manhattan Island seen in background. Map of South America showing route of a Good Neighbor ship. Good Neighbor Fleet ships at a harbor in South America. U.S. State Department diplomats in South America beside one of the ships as fleet service is inaugurated. Exterior view of Pan American Union building and its sign in Washington DC (later called the building of the Organization of American States). President Ortiz of Argentina, President Alfredo Baldomir of Uruguay, and President Vargas of Brazil are shown in discussion with various officials.
Negotiations between Cuban forces under Castro and United States officials for the release of Cuban prisoners fomenting revolution in other Latin American countries. Circa 1959. The two sides confer and discuss. View of the prisoners seated with officials and photographers around. Demonstrations in other Latin American countries, supported by the Casto government in support of revolution. Police firing tear gas. Citizens covering nose and mouth due to tear gas. Police leading away a demonstrator. Seal on a building wall for the country of El Salvador. Police outside a building with various weaponry ready. Demonstrators running through city streets and tear gas and smoke in the streets.