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.
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."
Jesse Jackson is interviewed in a press conference. Jesse answers Patrick Borgan of London Times on protesting peacefully with reference to 1968 and its riots and unrest vis-à-vis Civil Rights and racial equality for African Americans. Judith Randal of New York Daily News and Henry McGee of Newsweek Magazine are also present. Bill McCrory of Voice of America is the moderator. Jackson discusses the purposes of the protests of the 1960s, and explains that the vision toward the goal of equality takes time and has curves, rather than being a straight line. He implies that some people because satisfied with the gains from the 1960s, but that there is more to do, and that moral depravity and a lack of good ethics is the current obstacle in the 1970s holding back progress.
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
Review of conflicts involving U.S. from World War Two to 1970. A U.S. soldier with rifle and binoculars, on guard. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler speaks in Germany to mass audience. German mobilization and blitzkrieg. U.S. troops firing small arms on island in Pacific. U.S. soldiers on half-track firing artillery. Explosive destruction of Nazi swaztika and Eagle symbol on top of building in Zeppelin Field, Nuremberg, Germany. General Douglas MacArthur stands as Japanese General signs surrender documents aboard USS Missouri, ending WWII. Times Square in New York City on VJ Day. American troops firing artillery and small arms in Korea. Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev speaking at the UN. Newpaper headlines about postwar Berlin Crisis. Soviet missiles on display in military parade in Red Square, Moscow. Soviet General Georgy Zhukov and Nikita Khrushchev,at Kremlin, reviewing the parade. Cuban President Fidel Castro giving a speech.A newspaper headline reading: 'Khruschev orders removal of missiles'. Soviet cargo ship with covered missiles on its deck. Red flag with image of Lenin and message: 'Partido Communista Dominicano'. Chinese people marching with massed flags. Mao Tse-Tung,President of China, waving. A U.S. soldier in,South Vietnam,looks through binoculars. and then walks carrying his M-16 rifle. A map of Vietnam.
Children at school cafeteria lunchroom in a school. A boy selects food from the lunch line offerings and puts it on his tray. Building of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ramshackle buildings along rural roadways. A small power plant. Sign announcing future home of Loudoun County campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. A childrens Hospital under construction. A new campus under construction for the Mercer County Community College. A mother and baby. A newborn baby being brought to car from hospital, by a nurse. Area of heavy industry. Contaminated beach in Mendocino County California. A working cowboy with rope lariat. A golfer on golf links. A farmer plowing behind a mule. A large piece of farm equipment in operation. A small ferry moving several cars across a river. Low aerial view of 1960s cars on a network of highways.