Dwight D. Eisenhower during presidency of the Columbia University in 1948. Eisenhower walking at a Columbia University graduation ceremony in New York City and speaking to the group assembled. Two years later, views of Eisenhower as NATO supreme commander in Europe. Eisenhower seated in NATO Conference. Citizens in United States prepare signs and urge Eisenhower to run for President. He salutes a parade in 1952 as he begins a run for the Presidency. Pamphlets and posters read 'we need Eisenhower'. An animated cartoon shows a smiling and marching Uncle Sam with an "Ike for President" jingle song playing. Cartoon shows animated citizens and an elephant supporting Eisenhower. Scenes from Republican National Convention, and Nixon and Eisenhower holding their arms up together. Citizens voting, using ballot boxes, and voting machines. A nun votes. Eisenhower casts his vote. People hold U.S. flags and cheer. Signboards and neon lighting on a building track vote tally and proclaim Eisenhower victory in 1952 presidential election. Eisenhower in Korea after the election. He meets and eats with American troops in the field and studies the war effort. South Koreans wave flags on announcement of truce (cease-fire armistice) in Korean War Eisenhower takes presidential oath of office in Washington DC. He signs document for Civil Rights Act of 1957 (voting right act). View of negro students of the "Little Rock Nine" entering a military station wagon under armed troop escort during integration of Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas. U.S. Army troops escort the African American students into school. Exterior view of United Nations building in New York. Eisenhower delivers speech on Atoms For Peace. Churchill and Khrushchev visit Eisenhower in America. Scenes of John F Kennedy inauguration in 1961. Eisenhower with Kennedy and later with President Johnson. In 1968 address to Republican Convention Eisenhower notes risk of growth of Communism.
School board member in LIttle Rock Arkansas responds to reporter's questions about racial segregation, civil rights, and the strife that occurred in 1957 surrounding the "Little Rock Nine" and integration of Little Rock Central High school in Little Rock,Arkansas. He speaks on the effects of the racial segregation and attendant discord and strife on industrial and commercial development of the city of Little Rock, Arkansas.
U.S. Army soldiers move on road in vehicles and a military station wagon. They march with guns on their shoulders. They escort negro students (the "Little Rock Nine") from Little Rock Central High School, to the waiting car. The students enter the car. Driver is seen as the car leaves the school grounds.
German reporter speaks (in German) in front of the camera in Little Rock, Arkansas during Little Rock School Crisis, a watershed event in the American Civil Rights movement. Arkansas National guard troops in background. Police arrest protesters. A Negro man being arrested. Large angry crowd gathers. Governor Orval Faubus greets National Guard officers. Man carried away by police. Shows crowds in favor of integration and crowds in favor of segregation (preventing the enrollment of the "Little Rock Nine" negro students), and police and Arkansas National Guard response (under Faubus) dealing with angry crowd and preventing integration of the schools despite the National Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.
View of Central High School, Little Rock Arkansas. Former student, Jefferson Thomas, one of the nine black students who integrated the school in 1957,is revisiting the school. View of integrated student track and field team practicing.View of the front of the school. Flashback scenes of the "Little Rock Nine," black students trying to enter Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. Police officer keeping back jeering local students. Racial fighting breaks out among people watching the event, and police try to maintain order. View of Arkansas National Guard troops preventing the black students from entering the school. Scene returns to 1964 briefly and then back to September 27, 1957, when on orders from President Eisenhower, a company of U.S. Army soldiers marches up takes up positions at the school.They set up barricades, maintain order, and provide armed escort for the nine black students entering school.The nine students enter army station wagons and drive to school accompanied by soldiers in an army jeep.Views of people mingling around the school as U.S. Army soldiers stand amongst them.
Interview with Ernest Green (one of the Little Rock Nine) who attended Little Rock Central High school in Arkansas during its integration in the civil rights movement. Interviewer questions Daisy Bates, adviser to the Little Rock Nine, and holds her book titled 'The Long Shadow of Little Rock'. She shows a rock that came through her window during the integration crisi period, and speaks about the rights of negroes.