Men work assembling transmissions on an automobile production line. John L. Lewis, President of the United Mine Workers Union, giving a speech supporting formation of the Congress of Industrial organizations (CIO). Group of workers gather to listen to a union speaker. Many wear miners hats. Cheering Union workers march in street carrying posters reading: "Long-Live the C.I.O." and "Forward eith C.I.O." Leaders of the early C.I.O., Sidney Hillman,President of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA); Philip Murray, Vice President of the C.I.O.; and John L. Lewis, C.I.O. President, circa 1938. David Dubinsky, President of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU); along with Sidney Hillman, and John L. Lewis, are seen mingling with clothing workers. View of a steel mill from workers' residential street on a snowy day. Steel worker in a mill. Deckhand and an engine man aboard a merchant ship. Roustabouts and riggers at an oil well. Nonferris metal miner in rail car. Worker in tire factory. Electrical worker. Union leader speaking to group of workers carrying banner reading: "Shirt workers, Local 128 Allentown, Pennsylvania Joint Board." Labor organizers passing out leaflets to workers leaving a factory. Labor discussions with workers at lunch tables. Draftsman preparing labor organization signs calling for "Sanitary Conditions" and "Fair Play." Working women singing a union song. Union workers marching and carrying signs for various causes. Man riding a bicycle displaying sign:"Don't Scab." Car overloaded with people with sign: "Come To Lafollette Labor Rally Monday, July 5, 1937." ACWA workers of Local 95, Atlas Plant. UMWA members of Lafollette, Tennessee. Miners playing cards and playing musical instruments. Miners on strike below in mine for 5 days, cheer leader. Poster encouraging Americans to travel and visit in the USA. Police injure several persons during labor protests in San Francisco. U.S. Army soldiers arresting a civilian and throwing tear gas grenades.
President Franklin Roosevelt's mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, is seen standing with her grandaughter, Anna Roosevelt Dall Boettiger, who holds the hand of her daughter, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Dall. The President's son, Elliot Roosevelt and his wife, Ruth Josephine Googins Roosevelt, stand with them. Next, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, holding a bouquet of flowers, are seen in an open car. Scene shifts to the White House porch, where a protected Presidential reviewing stand has been set up, along with chairs. View of President Roosevelt, in a top hat, receiving congratulations from officials. Admiral William Leahy, Chief of Naval Operations, and another admiral (possibly recently retired CNO, William Harrison Standley) are seen in full dress uniforms. The President's son, Elliot Roosevelt is also present, to assist FDR when necessary. Some mounted U.S. Army cavalry ride past the reviewing stand, saluting with swords. An automobile is seen driving along the wet street, accompanied by a formation of motorcycle police officers. President Roosevelt holding onto a built-in railing, reviews various elements and units in the inaugural parade, including several military marching bands. Army Chief of Staff, General Malin Craig, rides past on horseback, and renders a sabre salute to the President. He is followed by a contingent of U.S. Army mounted cavalry. One of the marching bands is seen from another camera location. An open top 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton, with exposed exhaust tubes, is seen, displaying a small banner on its door, reading "Pennsylvania." Numerous closed sedans, carrying notables, drive along the wet street, past the President, who waves his hat and smiles at some. Vice President, John Nance Garner IV, shares the reviewing stand with FDR.
'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.
People undertaking measures to beat the heat in the United States during the 1937 heat wave. People gather in a large number near the swimming pools. Children dive in the water and swim. Fountains erected in city streets where children gather to play. People pass through the street as water being sprinkled with the help of fountains. A female secretary wearing a bathing suit sits at a desk and takes dictation from a man. Inventor Horatio Casterbilt (or Casterbuilt) shows and wears a hat with a fan motor attached to it to keep his head cool. From a August 1962 newsreel depicting events 25 years earlier.
Scenes from the second inauguration of President Franklin Roosevelt in Washington DC. Audio is part of his inaugural address speech, overlaid on images of the inaugural parade later that day on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, United States. U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt reviews parade units moving forward in the rain. The parade units include parade floats, marching troops, military vehicles, cavalry troops and bands.
Damage caused by 1937 flood in the Ohio Valley area of the United States. A heavy loss of property due to a flood. Supplies being unloaded from trucks for the people. People being rescued from the areas affected by flood. Men aboard boats moving through buildings on the edge of the Ohio River that are submerged in water. Men moving a wooden casket. Destroyed houses and buildings in the areas. Flooded streets. A weather vane blowing briskly in wind. Narrator details how the weather bureau forecasts the weather and offers the information to help prevent losses from such disasters. Automatic typing machine records weather instrument readings. View of newspapers being printed at a printing press. A radio tower. People gather near injured flood victims. People lined up on the street to get supplies. Scenes of floodwaters below Memphis where flooding was effectively contained. Water rushing under the then new Bonnet Carre spillway of Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans. Man opens a book published in Lisbon in 1605, now in the Library of Congress, written by Gabriel Lobo Lasso de la Vega, reporting on the exploration team of De Soto on leaf 300 of the book. De Soto's group, in 1543, reported on the flood they saw below current day Memphis, extending over 20 leagues of land, covering the tops of trees, but not overrunning the homes of the Native Americans who build shelter atop high poles. A view of submerged homes in the 1937 flood are shown as the narrator laments that more modern people did worse than the Native Americans.