Unemployed men in Newark, New Jersey during the Great Depression. Disturbance at railroad and dockyard being brought under control by policemen on horseback. Train and ships in background. A sign reads 'No men wanted'. Men sleep on park benches. A man holds a sign reading 'Unemployed'. Men sleep in doorways Sidewalk soup kitchen. View of shacks and an order by the Department of Health declaring them unfit for human habitation and ordering them vacated at once. Order is signed by Charles V. Craster, M,D, D.P.H., Health Officer.
'Retrospect' about the events that led to the present pattern of life in the United States. Host Douglas Edwards, an American television anchor speaks about the past events in America. Crowd of unemployed men gathering in bread lines after the 1929 crash and subsequent Great Depression. A man near a box of apples. The U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses a gathering. The kidnapping of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the son of the aviator Charles Lindbergh in 1932. Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German carpenter who abducted the child during the trial. The congressmen at the formation of the Lindbergh Law. Newspapers describe the apprehension or death of notorious gangster criminals, such as Dutch Schultz and Baby Face Nelson. Huey Pierce Long, Jr. a American politician addresses people. Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia appeals to the League of Nations, after his country is attacked by Italy under Mussolini. Adolf Hitler stands. Troops of the German army parade. Scenes from the Spanish Civil War in 1936-1937 as Spanish national forces battle against fascist rebel forces. Spanish Troops fire 75mm field artillery pieces. Bombs being dropped on the buildings. Spanish soldiers marching during the civil war. The Hindenburg disaster takes place on May 6th 1937: The German airship LZ 129 Hindenburg catches fire over the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester, New Jersey. Amelia Earhart the first woman aviator to fly solo holds flowers and is surrounded by people. She went missing in 1937. Cowboy philosopher Will Rogers, alone and with U.S. Vice President John Nance Garner and with aviator Wiley Post (who had patch over one eye). King Edward VIII of Great Britain, abdicating the throne for "the woman I love." People at the German-American Bund Nazi sympathizing gathering including the subduing of objectors on stage, in Madison Square Garden, New York. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, returning from meeting with Adolf Hitler in Munich in 1938. View of Adolf Hitler. German tanks on parade in World War II. an array of artillery guns on display. Railway guns being fired in WW2.
Aviator Charles Lindbergh on an inspection tour of the new coast-to-coast express from Newark, New Jersey. He takes off in an air mail plane. Lindbergh with officers and officials stand before the parked plane. A crowd surrounds Lindbergh. Photographers take pictures. The plane taxis.
Long Dance Grind in Dreamland Park Pavilion, Newark, New Jersey. Joie Ray teamed with Alice Krug of St Albans. Contestants dance in pavilion. Audience watches and claps. Man shaves while his partner holds the mirror and water container. They come to table and eat food. Tired men and women lean on their partners. A woman carries another woman and put her on bed. Man carries his partner. A woman gets a letter which reads 'Ludille, When are you coming home? Children are crying for you.' A man falls. A man sleeps on his partner's shoulder, while she reads newspaper.
Hundreds of orphan children stand in long queues outside the Branford Theater in Newark, New Jersey. Children donated free movie tickets by Warner Brothers. Children wave at the camera.
Salem Barrack demonstrates his miniature 'Ornithopter', a flying machine, at the Newark Airport in New Jersey. The elastic powered plane makes a successful flight of several minutes.