Film opens with aerial view from overflying aircraft, of the aircraft carrier, USS Independence (CVA-62) underway. Scene shifts to Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia, where a ramp is filled with a variety of aircraft. A pair of Douglas A-4 Skyhawk aircraft are taxiing. View of men in the Control Tower with large radar array in background. Two A-4 Skyhawks approach and one lands as the other goes around. Complete change of scene, to Halifax Nova Scotia, where warships of the Royal Canadian Navy are berthed. In waters off the Grand Banks, the Canadian Navy Aircraft carrier, HMCS Bonaventure (CVL 22) is seen making way at high speed during anti-submarine exercises.
A pro Betancourt rally in Venezuela. Crowds gathered with signage against Fidel Castro and in support of Romulo Betancourt. Betancourt addresses the crowds from a podium on a stage, outdoors. A man sitting looking at a radio tower. Images of radio control equipment and sign wave signatures on a scope. Scenes of protest and rioting in a Latin American or South American city. Police combating demonstrators. Vehicles overturned. Citizens running through the streets. Crowds being sprayed by firehoses from moving fire trucks. Close up views of a newspaper "La Prensa" indicating Fidel Castro's support of the Communist party in Peru. Headline, "Fidel Castro Financia al partido comunista Peruano." An inside headline from the same paper reads, "La Embajada de Cuba Distribuye Propaganda Subversica en el Peru" indicating that an Ambassador from Cuba distributed anti-government, subversive propaganda en Peru. What follows are a series of images drawing parallels between Castro and other fascist historical leaders. Castro speaking forcefully, then a cut to historical excerpts from speeches by Hitler and Goebels during World War II. A scene with Hitler speaking and gesticulating wildly and forcefully, followed by a scene with Castro doing the same. A wooden sign with skull and crossbones and the words "HALT! STOJ!" on it. Prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp, thin, weary, and huddled near a barb wire perimeter fence. Nikita Khrushchev on a review stand waving his hat to Soviet Army forces marching below him carrying guns with bayonets fixed. Chinese citizen-military forces at a rally. Nikita Khrushchev shaking hands with Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Communist Party of China. Still image of Khrushchev and Castro embracing. An anti-communist rally in Cuba.
Montage of Americana spanning parts of the 1950s and 1960s. Science and technology in the United States. Scientists work in laboratories and conduct various experiments. Scientists look into microscopes and treat patients with scientific medical equipment. People relax at a beach and amusement park. People watch a baseball game. Spectators from behind the fences watch bucking horses in a rodeo. Playing golf. Ten pin bowling. Motorboats race in water. Water skiing. View at a football game, horse race, basketball game, and Joe Louis boxing. Ice skating with sails. Swimming pool and high dive. 1940s fashion scenes: Juke box; Pegged pants; bobby sox;saddle shoes and dancing to an orchestra. People Square dancing, fishing, throwing horse shoes, playing shuffle board and lunching in backyard. Americans enjoying parks with lakes, swimmers, boaters and lots of park benches, where they sit and relax. Contrasting scenes of poverty in America: poor tenement and slum housing; bread line food relief for the poor; criminals being apprehended by police in paddy wagons; African American and some white American people demonstrate by the reflecting pool near Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC, during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Demonstrators holding signs protesting racism, low wages, and poor housing; and advocating civil rights. Travel by Americans: People boarding an Air France airplane, airport scenes and people boarding a Pan Am (Pan American) passenger jet airplane. Ground level shot between art deco sleek passenger railroad trains in motion. People unload luggage from parked passenger bus. Aerial views of American highways with traffic and lots of mostly 1950s era cars and trucks. View of RV trailer park or camping area. Scene from moving car of undeveloped land and then of city at night with many neon signs for hotels, motels, food, and businesses. Vintage American suburban scenes of families tending their neighborhood yards,cutting their lawns, and raking leaves.
Children lean out windows of railroad train climbing hill at Mount Washington, as men make adjustments on track bed while the train approaches at slow speed. People outside Binion's Horseshoe casino and hotel in Las Vegas with neon lights flashing and illuminating a woman crossing the street. View of people walking on city streets, town streets, and inside buildings in America in mid 1960's, including views of various late 1950's through mid 1960's cars on roads. View of Belmar Hotel in New Jersey. Families on vacations hiking on ridge tops and beside large canyons; possibly Grand Canyon. Three young boys, shirtless, walking along a wooden fence on a large western ranch. Three women in bathing suits walking on sand of a beach. Heap of waste old 1940's and 1950's cars stacked up. A family with women and children walking along a city street. A line of boys with backpacks, possibly boy scouts, walking along a trail in the woods. Air Force Academy cadets marching on grounds of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. Pedestrians crossing busy city streets and cars on city streets in American cities. Boy pulls a girl seated in a red wagon along a suburban sidewalk. Man crosses city street with garment wagon as a vendor pushes his food truck along the street. Man pushes a cart stacked high with cardboard boxes. Men on golf course wheel golf bags near the green. Man wheels gas tank along a seashore area. Post office mail carrier wheels mail bag on sidewalk of neighborhood. Women pushing babies in strollers and scenes along a street market
Flags of America, England and others wave in breeze. Fighter aircraft fly high overhead in sky. A NATO warship in sea. Combined NATO forces march together carrying various flags. Intercontinental Ballistic Missile or rocket ready for launch with emblem of U.S. Air Force on side. A B-52 high in sky with contrails behind. Crowd of American men, women and children in 1960's fashions looking upward at the sky. Night view of New York city. Arc de Triomphe in Paris seen with early 1960's cars passing by. Scene of the elaborately tiled library building with tile murals by Juan O'Gorman, at the University of Mexico in Mexico City (Biblioteca Central at the Ciudad Universitaria Campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico - UNAM). College students seated outside the library building. Farmer with two oxen yoked doing work. Men shoveling and moving material in wheel barrows perhaps in Latin America. Scene of a fair in India tents, vendors, and a small Ferris wheel ride. American children going round and round on a hand powered playground carousel.
The fourth presidential election debate between Democratic nominee Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican nominee U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon on 21st October 1960 in in New York, United States. News correspondent Quincy Howe speaks prior to the fourth Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate. Mr. Howe reads out the rules and conditions under which the candidates will proceed. He says that Senator Kennedy will make the second opening statement and the first closing statement. Vice President Nixon speaks about the present issue in the United States which is keeping peace without surrender. The peace which is threatened by international communist movements. Nixon says that the United States has to learn from mistakes made in past. He relates to this by mentioning the period of the Iron Curtain in Europe and during the Korean War. Nixon says that situation in President Dwight Eisenhower's administration is reversed. He says that the United States made errors in the past in misjudging the Communists, applying same rules of conduct that are applied to the leaders of the free world. Nixon mentions East-West Paris summit conference of 1960 and Eisenhower's policy regarding Formosa Straits. Nixon speaks that that United States should increase its military strength to high level regardless of what potential opponents have and if any surprise attack is launched, the United States can destroy their war-making capacity. Nixon further says that American policies of military strength, economic strength, and diplomatic firmness will keep the peace without surrender.