Shows 1970s era construction activities, economic growth, retail shopping, and American fashions and goods of the 1970s. As a contrast to the modern way of life, a farmer is seen using teams of horses to plow his land. Views of middle-class suburban living in the U.S.A. Modern farm machinery being employed. Panels being placed on a new car in a factory production line. A long freight train moving goods. U.S. consumer retail stores selling a variety of products, including ice cream, lawn mowers and hardware, custom framing, fast food (McDonalds), organic food and antiques, among others. Shipping containers being loaded on a ship for export abroad. Various construction sites ranging from those for suburban neigborhood homes to those for high rise buildings. Construction of the Dunhill Condominiums in progress in Atlanta Georgia. A 1970 Ford Falcon car in a neighborhood of new homes. Sink and bath tub Fixtures in a typical kitchen and bathroom. Families at a high school graduation. African American students on a college campus. Families shopping for high price goods, like cars, home appliances, washers, dryers, stoves, ovens, televisions in a show room, and window air conditioner units. Private pleasure boats operating near a large ferry boat. More views of carpenters and other building tradesmen working at construction sites. People at work compiling statistics in the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
Animated map assembles sections of the United States of America reflecting various kinds of inhabitants. A woman of Native American Indian origins weaves a straw hat as a young boy plays nearby. Sign outside a building identifying the "Slovak Political Benefial Assn." Other signs on seen on different buildings include: "Polish Army Veterans Association of America;" "Ukrainian American Youth Association;" and "Germantown Hospital." A brass plate on a building reading: "English-Speaking Union." Asian-American school girls, and a Japanese-American man with a boy. View of a wood carving in ancient African style. A street scene showing many Hispanic Americans, and commercial signs in Spanish. A group of new American citizens at a naturalization ceremony,each receiving a small American flag. Animated map shown again, indicating the geographical distribution of Americans in the U.S. First it shows areas where citizens live near water, either the oceans, Gulf of Mexcio, or the Great Lakes. Montage of urban scenes showing some of the cities where most Americans live. The Massachusetts State House in Boston. New York City street scene with the Empire State Building in background. City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Capitol in Washington, DC
Overview of steps in the writing, production, packaging, and delivery of the daily Detroit News newspaper, in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Reporters and writers in a newspaper press room work on early Cathode Ray Terminals or CRT computers. A reporter writes and edits a story on a cathode ray terminal computer. The completed copy is sent at the speed of light through a computer to an automated composing room. The electronic signals are being converted into coded tapes. The hole punched tapes are seen being printed by machines and then the tapes are fed into an automated type setting machine. A man at the newspaper printing press lifts prepared typeset from a tray. A stereotype man makes a final cardboard mat of each completed page proof, which is seen being pressed through a large roller and then fed into a press plate machine for final casting. 60 tons of lead is used to stamp out the cylindrical press plates. Close up view of the cylindrical press plates being fed through machines. Men in the press room collect the final plates that are transported to them on a moving conveyor belt system. A man oils and inks the plates and loads them into a machine where they are ready to roll. View of the newspaper printing underway. Close up view of newspaper printing press operating at high speed with newspapers rolling. View of giant paper rolls being moved into position on a conveyor system providing raw paper for the newspaper, used at a rate of 500 tons per day. The press men read the news and relax, as the paper continues to roll through the presses on a non stop computerized control track. Final stacking of newspapers is performed by machines, making them ready for delivery. The newspaper is ready and is on the way to be delivered to the citizens. The news papers are loaded into a shipment van bearing a sign that reads "The Detroit News."
View of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Tourists view the mountain from a steam engine train. Worker stands on railway track. Another man in uniform talks over phone.
The history of the United States. 1783: Soldiers of the new republic after their victory in the American Revolutionary War. Soldiers on horseback meet new citizens. They watch as men carrying baggage walk away. A banner on a road separating two states reads 'New Hampshire Boundary'. A merchandiser demands money from two men to cross the border. Pictures of the land which farmers gave up because they could not pay back. Bankers inside a building. People on the streets. Delegates at the Philadelphia Convention in Pennsylvania. Pictures of people demanding new central government. Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the US, walks supported by two men to the convention building. Several people stand around and watch. General George Washington, the elected President of the convention. He delivers a speech. He states the need for unity, a sound financial system, war debts to be paid, trade to be encouraged, national government to protect rights and perform functions. The delegates speak at the convention. The convention in progress. President George Washington with Benjamin Franklin and a few men at a final private conference during which they decide the government should have clearly defined substantial powers. The Preamble to the United States Constitution created on 17 September 1787, read out at the convention. Benjamin Franklin gets up with the help of two men. George Washington signs the constitution. Benjamin Franklin with George Washington. The carving on George Washington's chair. George Washington, the first President of the United States. People greeting the President. Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury, organizes a bank to receive taxes and import duties that pays off national debts.
Presidential election debate held between Democratic nominee Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican nominee U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon in the United States. New York Herald Tribune newspaper correspondent Roscoe Drummond asks Senator Kennedy that how can American prestige be measured abroad. Senator Kennedy responds stating that America is identified with the cause of freedom and if other countries have to choose between America and a Communist country, they would choose America. He further speaks that there are many indications that prestige of the United States is not as high as it once was. Kennedy summarizes some of these indications and relates to it by mentioning the example of Sputnik Program by the Soviet Union in 1957. Kennedy speaks about the economic development of the Soviet Union. He says the Soviet Union will be ahead of any other country scientifically and militarily by 1970. He mentions votes by different countries in the United Nations dealing with Red China. He says that Guinea and Ghana, two independent countries now are supporting Soviet foreign policy at the UN. NBC correspondent Bill Shadel asks Richard Nixon to speak on the topic. Vice President Nixon responds by speaking about the economic development of the Soviet Union. He speaks that the Soviet Union is a very primitive economy and that the United States is well ahead economically. He says that if the United States is going to maintain its strength and its prestige, they must not only be strong militarily and economically but must be firm diplomatically also. Bill Shadel says that an entire hour was devoted to answering questions from the reporters. He says that each candidate was questioned in turn and each had the opportunity to comment on the answer of his opponent. Shadel says that the reporters were free to ask any question on any subject, neither candidate was given any advance information on any question that would be asked. He says that the fourth debate is scheduled for Friday, October twenty-first.