Aviator Charles Lindbergh returns after his trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris. Tug boats are jammed together next to the Department of Docks Building on Pier A, Hudson River, New York City. The clocktower, added to the Building in 1919, as America's first WWI memorial, is clearly visible.American flags and bunting everywhere. A small launch, carrying Lindbergh, makes its way, between tug boats and large ferry boats and throws a line to a larger passenger-filled boat nearby. In a precarious maneuver, persons in both boats help Lindbergh into the larger boat. He almost falls into the water, in the process. Lindbergh is wearing a leather flying jacket. At the Battery,policemen on foot, and on horseback and motorcycles restrain crowds. Lindbergh climbs into an open car, and the parade, in his honor commences. New Yorkers watch and cheer. Lindbergh's motorcade proceeds to lower Broadway. A ticker-tape parade in his honor. People on either side of the streets cheer and welcome Lindbergh. Motorcycle and mounted police escort him further to City Hall. Policemen control the crowd. City Hall: Officials welcome the aviator. A banner reads 'Welcome Lindbergh'. Lindbergh with various officials and officers on stage. He addresses the crowd. NY Mayor James Walker greets and congratulates Lindbergh.
A huge crowd on streets of New York City cheering and celebrating victory over Germany in World War I after signing of the Armistice. A cemetery of U.S. soldiers died in World War I. Cross burning and views of hooded Klan members at a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) ceremony. Palmer Raid victims: Suspected leftists, left wing, and anarchists seen being led away in a group by police after their homes were raided and searched without search warrants, under program led by U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, during 1919 and 1920. Some arrestees being escorted by U.S. soldiers in uniform. Palmer Raid arrestees seen behind barbed wire fences where they were held without charges for three months and denied legal representation. Vigilante businessmen and town leaders enforcing 12 hour work days at Steel factories in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Gary Indiana. Vigilantes (deputized and armed by local authorities seen with rifles and shotguns marching down streets enforcing business demands and countering steel workers on strike. They approach a striking worker on the road side and seize a stick he is holding. Together with police they begin to beat back the protesting crowd of men. Someone fires a gun in the crowd and shooting starts. An injured or dead steel worker on the ground is lifted up by a man and carried away.
U.S. President Thomas Woodrow Wilson signs the declaration of war during World War I. U.S. ships sink after torpedo attacks. United States troops aboard a troop carrier ship bound tor France. Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt. U.S. troops disembarking on docks in France. Navy ships being built in U.S. shipyard. Allied troops attack across no man's land. Allied rail gun firing. U.S.Soldiers fire howitzers. Smoke pours out of Allied biplane aircraft after being shot down. German troops fighting in trenches. A horse falls into a trench after being shot. Tanks in action. Tanks advance and fire. German machine gunners. German prisoners walk in a line. American troops in France celebrate the end of hostilities with the Armistice on the 11th hour of 11th day of 11th month, 1918. The American flag flies on a pole as a symbol of victory. Huge crowds of Americans celebrate in Manhattan, New York city, waving newspapers with headlines announcing German surrender. In 1919, President Wilson and General John (Black Jack) Pershing review victorious American troops marching in Chaumont, France (Pershing's headquarters). Franklin D. Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy with Secretary of the Navy, Daniels, in France. U.S. troops board transport ships for home. Returning U.S. Armies hold a victory parade in Manhattan, New York City, where they parade through a temporary Victory Arch constructed expressly for the purpose in Madison Square. Hydrogen balloons decorate the Arch. New York City mounted police monitor the crowds.
A 250 foot model of a battleship is center of attention for Navy recruitment and Victory loan Drive, in Union Square, New york City. Women Navy Yeomen (F) of the U.S. Navy Reserve, line the decks of the "ship." People are walking around the ship during the entire time. The women yeomen wave to the crowd. A large sign above reads: "Men wanted for U.S. Navy, apply here." Sign on the stern reads: "Speed the Navy's Victory Loan Ship to victory..." and advertises a Victory Loan Show, to be held April 21, 1919. On the ship's top deck, a yeoman(F) types at a telegraph machine,as another turns a cros-shaped signal. Several yeomen (F) pose on the deck, nearby. View from the ground of Photographers on the stern deck taking pictures of the assembled women yeoman. Scene shifts to aboard the ship, where the Yeomen (F) stand in formation in a double row around the foredeck. Facimile guns are seen. The yeomen salute two Naval officers, in unison. Panning closeup of the yeomen and the ship's guns. The yeomen adjust their formation with eyes right. They execute close order motions at the direction of a Naval officer. Another officer carries a Yeoman recruiting poster to the foredeck. The yeomen continue their maneuvers and then are dismissed from formation. Several are given brooms and put on a show of sweeping the foredeck. Sailors are packed into a smaller boat nearby with a sign reading: "Buy Liberty Bonds at this Battleship."
Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial at Washington D.C. U.S. Military Academy cadets marching at West Point. Scene then blends to close up of U.S. Army troops marching, wearing helmets and shouldering rifles with fixed bayonets, in World War I . Scene then blends again to U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen marching at Annapolis. Visitors walking the grounds of Mount Vernon. Statue of George Washington at 1939 New York Worlds Fair. Re-enactment of the Crossing of the Delaware. Lincoln's Statue at the Lincoln Memorial . An actor portrays Lincoln in a theatrical film. A view of a New York City victory parade for American soldiers returning World War I in February 1919.
Victory Parade in honor of the returned negro troops of the 369th Infantry, 93rd Division, at end of World War I (these forces were also known as the 15th New York National Guard Regiment or Old Fifteenth; and nicknamed the Harlem Hellfighters). Elevated view of Negro troops and marching band (possibly that of James Reese Europe) marching past the New York Public Library in New York City, United States. Governor Smith and Mrs. Smith of New York State among the spectators in the grandstand. Huge crowd gathered to watch the ongoing parade. Sunset view of a couple standing on a bridge with background of World War 1 era U.S. Navy battleships anchored in harbor (presumably New York harbor).