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
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.
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 Seatrain lines at harbor in New York City in the United States. People exit from the building of the Department of Marine Aviation and head toward Manhattan office buildings and taxi cabs. View of 1970s car traffic on busy streets and roads of Manhattan, New York City.
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.
The Empire State Building in New York City. Views of the Empire State Building in 1970. Views of the Empire State Building under construction in 1930 and 1931. A blimp passing near the Empire State building in the 1930s. People gathered in front of the Empire State Building for its grand opening in May 1931. Next scene shows the 79th floor of the Empire State Building engulfed in flames after a B-25 aircraft crashed into the building in 1945. Views of the fire from the ground an from the 79th floor areas as firemen extinguish flames. Final scene is street levels views of the Empire State building from a moving vehicle, again in 1970.