'A nation rises ' Dramatization showing reenactments of scenes from civil war and aftermath in America. Still photographs of destruction from the civil war. Destroyed buildings and rubble in a Southern city. Numerous sets of railroad train wheels along with destroyed rails. Destroyed buildings in background. Dramatization showing postwar recovery efforts in rural areas, where men harness horses to help clear land. Settlers moving into the West. Buildings being constructed in the American Southwest. Herds of cattle moving through desert where cactus are growing. Illustration of a sailing ship carrying immigrants into New York harbor, with statue of Liberty in background. Reenactment of travelers boarding a large River boat. Smoke issuing from twin stacks of the river boat, as its horn blows. Bell ringing on the boat. Passengers watching from the boat as it moves along a river. Views of river and surrounding woods. A woman and baby on board the boat. Views of forests along river bank. View from water behind a moving sternwheeler river boat. A woman feeding chickens on a farm. A farmer harvesting a crop by hand, and another building a wall from stones taken out of the ground. A man stepping from a log house. An 18th century shop equipped with foot-operated wood working machines. Several farmers watching as one demonstrates Cyrus McCormick's reaper. (Note: period shown is from 1861 through about 1880. Film created about 1961)
Views of Statue of Liberty and New York harbor. An aircraft carrier moving slowly in New York harbor, past lower Manhattan. The statue of Liberty, with many visitors walking across Liberty Island, at base of the statue. An ocean liner billowing smoke in the distance. Passengers on deck of an excursion boat headed toward the Statue of Liberty. They are wearing warm coats Two girls are eating ice cream cones. Views from the pilot house of the boat. Another view of passengers on the boat, with Statue of Liberty in background. Woman holds her hat against the wind. Views from stern of rapidly moving boat in the harbor. Navy boats and U.S. H-5 helicopters maneuver all around Liberty Island. New York City fire boats shooting torrents of water into the air in salute. Unrelated -- Near end of clip there is a brief view of men in white athletic clothes, possibly sailors or soldiers, performing bayonet drill exercise activities using rifles with fixed bayonets, at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York (home of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team). Spectators are in the stadium. Advertisements posted on the baseball field fences, including one for Abe Stark's clothing store.
Fifth Avenue, in New York City, decorated with American flags, Fourth Liberty Loan banners, and flags of Allied nations, from 51st Street to Madison Square. Japanese flags are on buildings. Military units march along 5th Avenue to the Altar of Liberty, designed by Thomas Hastings, that is the focal point for the 4th Liberty Loan Campaign. Flags of the 22 Allied Nations fly on poles at Madison Square. Vice President Thomas Marshall stands on sidewalk by the Altar of Liberty with several officials and an Army chaplain in uniform. A contingent of Belgian Army officers marches followed by U.S. Military officers and diplomats and officials in automobiles. The Belgian officers greet civilian officials. Civilian officials gather and converse. Officials assembled on balcony of the Altar of Liberty. New York Governor, Charles S. Whitman is in center, to right of the Army chaplain. Another view of balcony, with Vice President Marshall present. Map of war zone on the Altar of Liberty, painted by H.T. Schladermundt. (It will be updated daily as the war progresses.) Governor Whitman introduces the Vice President, who looks at his watch and gives his address. The next speaker introduced is Emile De Cartier, Belgian Minister to the U.S. whose country is the first to be honored at the shrine.
Scenes from two World War I Liberty Bond drives. First scenes are in Washington D.C.during World War I. United States Navy sailors march down the Pennsylvania Avenue. A naval band plays and men carrying American flags march down the Avenue. The United States Capitol in the background. Landmarks seen include: Post Office Building and Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. A street car is seen and a sign advertising Kelly Springfield Tires is clearly seen from Pennsylvania Avenue. A newsboy carrying papers. A truck with a banner on it to promote the sale of Fourth Liberty Loan. Sailors march and the naval band plays as they move past the Old Executive Office Building. John Phillip Sousa conducts a massive Navy brass band from the steps of the Capitol. Around 1:07 scene change to a Liberty Loan parade on 5th Avenue in New York City. A sign reads "Over the Top. The Fourth Liberty Loan Must be Made a Glorious Success. United Waist League of America." Sign on side of building for C.G. Gunther's Sons Fur Company (391 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan). U.S. Navy sailors among military groups parading on Fifth Avenue. A group of officials including United States Vice President Thomas Marshall and New York Governor Charles Whitman in coats and top hats are seen near the Altar of Liberty during the parade. With them is a U.S. Army chaplain in military uniform with a sign on him that reads "Lend !"
Opening scene shows a wheat field in the United States. White hot molten metal collected in ladles as a furnace is tapped. Sandstone buttes the Navajo Nation's Monument Valley Park. Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, looking North from the Art Institute. A white church in a suburban setting. The Japanese cherry trees in bloom along the Tidal Basin in Washington,DC. A major river and an old fashioned stern wheeler River Boat cruising on it. A street scene in New Orleans, Louisiana. A roadway in Florida. A fishing village scene in New England. A formation of oil well pumps operating out West. Cowboys herding cattle. View of the Statue of Liberty with dramatic sunset behind it. Two U.S. Marines conversing as they look at the Manhattan skyline in New York City. Aerial view of the skyscrapers on Manhattan Island. View of Times Square in Manhattan, with the Astor Hotel visible (It was razed in 1967). Police officer directing traffic at an intersection. Two Marines walking past the United Nations Building in Manhattan, New York City. View of the General Assembly Building and construction site of the The Dag Hammarskjöld Library Building being added in front of it. Camera pans upward showing Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Camera pans the U.S. Capitol building, followed by the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Washington Monument (viewed from steps of the Lincoln Memorial across the reflecting pool, in Washington, DC. A Marine color guard marches across the lawn in front of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington Ridge Park Virginia, as the Marine Band marches and plays. Closeup of the Memorial with American flag flying above it.
Crowd cheers and waves during New York Yankees and New York Giants game in the 1936 World Series at Polo Grounds IV in Manhattan, New york. Yankee manager, Joe McCarthy and Giants manager, Bill Terry on the field and they shake hands. Governor of New York State Herbert H. Lehman throws out first pitch, with Mayor La Guardia beside him. Babe Ruth, guest of honor, watches the match. Crowd cheer as the game proceeds. In next segment: Grover Whalen, President of New York World's Fair Corporation points out highlights of 1939 New York World's Fair on a preliminary model with the help of a stick, for visiting dignitaries. Footage from a September 1961 newsreel hightlighting stories from 25 years earlier.