Men work assembling transmissions on an automobile production line. John L. Lewis, President of the United Mine Workers Union, giving a speech supporting formation of the Congress of Industrial organizations (CIO). Group of workers gather to listen to a union speaker. Many wear miners hats. Cheering Union workers march in street carrying posters reading: "Long-Live the C.I.O." and "Forward eith C.I.O." Leaders of the early C.I.O., Sidney Hillman,President of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA); Philip Murray, Vice President of the C.I.O.; and John L. Lewis, C.I.O. President, circa 1938. David Dubinsky, President of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU); along with Sidney Hillman, and John L. Lewis, are seen mingling with clothing workers. View of a steel mill from workers' residential street on a snowy day. Steel worker in a mill. Deckhand and an engine man aboard a merchant ship. Roustabouts and riggers at an oil well. Nonferris metal miner in rail car. Worker in tire factory. Electrical worker. Union leader speaking to group of workers carrying banner reading: "Shirt workers, Local 128 Allentown, Pennsylvania Joint Board." Labor organizers passing out leaflets to workers leaving a factory. Labor discussions with workers at lunch tables. Draftsman preparing labor organization signs calling for "Sanitary Conditions" and "Fair Play." Working women singing a union song. Union workers marching and carrying signs for various causes. Man riding a bicycle displaying sign:"Don't Scab." Car overloaded with people with sign: "Come To Lafollette Labor Rally Monday, July 5, 1937." ACWA workers of Local 95, Atlas Plant. UMWA members of Lafollette, Tennessee. Miners playing cards and playing musical instruments. Miners on strike below in mine for 5 days, cheer leader. Poster encouraging Americans to travel and visit in the USA. Police injure several persons during labor protests in San Francisco. U.S. Army soldiers arresting a civilian and throwing tear gas grenades.
The film gives an introduction and briefs the history of illegal drug LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide). U.S. Navy Doctor Walt Miner speaks about revealing the facts about LSD which can be documented. He speaks about the historical background of LSD. He says that LSD is synthesized from lysergic acid derived from ergot, a grain fungus that typically grows on rye. He says that ergot is a fungus that grows on grains and other cereals. He speaks about Swiss chemists Albert Hoffman and Stahl who tried to make modifications in LSD molecule in 1938. He mentions the event of 1943 when Dr. Hoffman intentionally ingested 250 micrograms of LSD in his laboratory and how he felt uncomfortable. Dr. Walt Miner further explains how unique and powerful LSD drug is and says that the most unique thing about LSD is effective dose of the material. Miner states that effective dose for LSD can range from 0.5 micrcograms to 1.5 micrograms per kilogram of body weight.To explain the effective dosage of LSD, he displays a piece of wax paper where a mark is made with a pen. A penny is placed beside that mark to compare the two sizes. Dr. Miner informs that the ink mark weighs some micrograms. Dr. Miner takes one drop of human blood from a tube and says that this one drop contains 330 million cells and in comparison to that the weight of LSD to produce its effect is equal to the weight of two blood cells.
Snowfall in Mineral, California. A machine used to clear a 30 feet thick snow cover. People enjoy skiing in the area. Cars move along a snow banked road. A skier jumps over a car. A man skies down a slope at night.
College student volunteers of the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) work together at a Penn-Craft work camp, building homes and facilities for a coal-mining community in Pennsylvania (possibly Norvelt?). Opening image shows the book "The Plight of the Bituminous Coal Miner" by Homer Lawrence Morris and Joseph H. Willits. View of farmland and a new mining community from a high hill. Craft work Camp in Pennsylvania. View of a community mining area. Coal elevator building and rows of miner's homes close together in the background. Students help miners build new homes. They work on scaffolding, building walls of homes with stone and mortar. View of lumber piled high and a worker sawing a board. Workers move building materials in wheelbarrows. A stone home with a partially framed roof. A negro student volunteer breaks up rock with a sledge hammer. Volunteers load stone from a nearby quarry onto waiting trucks. Workers slide rocks from a quarry to a waiting team below, who loads rock pieces into a mill that pulverizes the rock and turns it into stone dust that is then carried away for use in the building projects. View of Miners simple, temporary houses. A mining family relaxes on a bench swing in front of a house and children of miners play with a dog. Men framing a temporary home. A woman volunteer paints the exterior of a house.
A film dramatizes the use of safety instruction in coal mines in the United States. The Tippleville coal mine. Miners working inside the mine. They load coal in cars. An explosion occurs. The miners run holding their lunch pails. Houses along the sides of a street. Two women standing outside a house. The miners in the mine trying to get out. Lucky Burns, a miner, warns the other miners that they should not try to go out as the entry is full of afterdamp. He says that the air is good at the place where they are standing and thus they should remain at that place only. He instructs the miners to open a door so as to short-circuit the afterdamp, when the air current starts through the mine. Th miners work as per the instructions to save their lives.
Miner trapped under a collapsed coal bed in Chicago, Illinois, Untied States. Miners digging with shovels in a collapsed coal bed in Chicago to rescue a fellow miner Barney Bozant. Miners dig and reach the miner who is trapped under ten-foot layer of earth. The crowd gather around to watch. The miners take Barney Bozant out from the coal bed.