Start of a documentary production titled,"The Inheritance."
Introductory slate tells how in December, 1914, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (Union) was founded in a meeting at Webster Hall, New York City. It also describes how far and wide that union had grown in the ensuing 50 years.
An ocean liner is seen in the mist in New York Harbor. Fog horn sounds. The statue of Liberty is seen dimly through the fog. A commercial ship and a tug boat pass in front of Ellis Island. Views of building interior, Sign in boiler room reads: "U.S. Immigrant Station. Ellis Island. N.Y.H." Furnace door and thermometer and pressure gauges are seen. Large hall is seen. Camera pans through the empty corridors and rooms of the facility. The frame of an iron baby's crib sits in an empty room. View through window of Ellis Island proper, just outside, and of New York City buildings across the water. Montage of still photo images: Immigrants on the deck of a ship in 1901. Views of small children. A group of immigrants wearing the fez. Immigrants waving their hats as they see the Statue of Liberty. Broader view of the ship packed with immigrants. Interior of Ellis Island building with queue of new arrivals being processed. Immigration officers seated on high stools, checking documents of arrivals. Medical officer examines a boy with a stethoscope (screening for TB). View shifts to passengers arriving. They walk across the pier, carrying their belongings.
Aerial view of Rio Grande river flood in wake of Hurricane Alice, in 1954. International Bridge between Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Loredo, Mexico, is completely under water. Houses and fields inundated by flood waters. A soldier patrolling in the area. Store owners seen clearing mud from sidewalks by their establishments. Woman and boys wash mud from sidewalk.
Wisconsin's Alan Ameche awarded with Heisman Trophy as outstanding college football player of 1954. Ameche is seen wearing a suit along with trophy presenters in conference room. University of Wisconsin football player Alan Ameche seen holding the Heisman Trophy and smiling.
Tribute to war correspondent, Ernie Pyle in New Mexico. Newspaper with the headline 'Roving Reporter' consists of an article on Ernie Pyle. A building in a field. Ship at sea. Smoke arises from the stacks of the ship. A train passes on the track. Pyle's home in New Mexico. A woman plays with a dog outside the house. Books in shelves inside the house. Photographs of soldiers and officers on the wall. Views of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Silver cities. Scenes of Carlsbad Caverns, the Rio Grande and a Pueblo reservation. Troops fire in the field. Trees in the field. A globe on a table. New Mexico pointed on the globe. Buildings in the city. People walk on the street. Cars pass on the street. A woman paints a picture. Houses on the ground. A grave on the ground. Mining of lead, zinc and silver in the city.
United States Airmen board C-124 Globemaster II aircraft through clamshell door at Walker Air Force Base, New Mexico. Number of C-124 Globemaster II aircrafts taxi and take off from the runway.
Cuban freedom fighters in exile in the U.S. and Mexico. New York encircled on the U.S. map. The freedom fighters' leaflets holds up a baseball game at the Yankee Stadium in New York. Players on a baseball field. Miami encircled on the U.S. map. Castro raises funds for the revolution in Miami. Police and officials inspect arms confiscated from the revolutionaries. Mexico City and Quintana encircled on a map. A huge war chest is raised in Mexico City. Castro buys arms and a 58 foot yacht equipped to carry fourteen people in Quintana. Ammunition dumped into a carton. Aerial view of an island. Wheel house on Castro's boat that goes aground Officers and men on the boat. The radio operator sends a message dictated by an officer. Soldiers load ammunition, stand guard, and enter the gates. Some of Castro's men escape to the Sierra Maestra Mountains. A woman lays flowers on a revolutionists' grave, killed during the ambush by Batista's men. Men with load on horses. They cross a stream. A man with a machine gun. Soldiers advance in the jungle, talk to civilians and rest. Soldiers eat fruits, including girls who have joined Castro's movement. Fidel Castro seated in a chair while a man trims his hair. Soldiers shoot at a plane in the sky. A soldier loads his rifle. A woman stitches a shirt with the name 'JULIO' on it. A woman dries clothes on a clothes line.