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.
View of a street of the New York City in United States. Moving view as a pedestrian holding a camera walks on sidewalk. Crowded sidewalk with pedestrians in 1970's fashions. Manhattand streets busy with cars and trucks and taxis. Vendors selling their products including fruits and jewelry in stands set up on sidewalk. Traffic seen on the roads. A cafe advertising Frankfurters. Another business with sign "Goldsmith". Sign for "Barney's Discount Center" (Barneys New York) (Seventh Avenue, Manhattan?)
View from ground of Twin Towers of World Trade Center, still under final construction, in New York City. Crowded sidewalk in New York City with close up views of pedestrians walking to work, wearing late 1960's and early 1970's fashions.
View of high rise buildings and skyscrapers, subway and highway in New York City from moving vehicle. Motorists in a tunnel or bridge entrance merge area in New York City. Heavy traffic congestion at the merge. Many 1960's and 1970's vehicles including cars and trucks jockeying for progress in the slow traffic jam.
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
Pedestrians walking in streets of Mexico. Point of view shots from hand held camera, walking, with views of men and women walking through an arched corridor. Shoe shine boys work on shoes of patrons seated along the corridor. Views of the Zócalo or Plaza de la Constitución, the Palacio National (National Palace of Mexico), and the Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María (Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral) across the plaza. 1960's and 1970's car traffic on road and pedestrians crossing road. Streets signs near traffic signal is shown. Sign for street "20 de Noviembre" is seen. Cars waiting at traffic signal. View of a guard holding a sign for the International Woman's Year conference. View of another guard standing near a bus stop opposite a large building marked 'Conference Mundial Internacional De La." (...Mujer). Below it is a sign advertising Mexican National Savings Bonds, "Bonos del Ahorra Nacional".