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
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.
Bell Telephone television advertisement depicts the cost of telephone calls over years from 1915 to 1970. Pictures of streets and houses in Boston. Portrait of Alexander Graham Bell. The cost of telephone from 20.70 dollars in 1915 reduced to 70 cents in 1970. Rapid paced montage of images (some still and some motion) from 1915 to 1970. Poster reads 'Japan at War'. Man and woman dance. Missile launched from launch pad. Aircraft parked on runway. The cost of telephone charges reduced over the years. Different types of telephones seen in 1970.
Activities at the Operation New Life / New Arrival ceremony for Vietnamese refugees, held at Harrisburg International Airport in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Microphones and the tape equipment. Crowd of spectators wave American flags. Military policeman talk with Pennsylvania State policemen at the airport. The dignitaries and the officials walk towards the speakers stand. Civilian photographers take pictures. People wearing 1970s clothing fashions.
Views of various projects depicting man's creative engineering skills across the United States, including: The Indian Serpent Mounts, Ohio; Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Headquarters, Connecticut; Mackinac Bridge, Michigan; Green Bank Radio Astronomy Antenna, West Virginia; Tanker "Manhattan" in the Northwest Passage; Chicago's Marina Towers, Illinois; NASA launch complex 39, Florida with a rocket in place; Watts tower, California; John Hancock Building, Illinois; Washington Monument; Dworshak Dam while under construction, Idaho; Newport Bridge, Rhode Island; U.S. Steel building, Pennsylvania; Mt. Glory Arch Bridge under construction in Wyoming; Johnson Wax Headquarters building, Wisconsin; Boeing 747 Factory Building Complex, Seattle Washington; A model of the proposed New Orleans Super Dome in Louisiana; Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel; Dulles International Airport, Virginia; Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minnesota; Westinghouse Headquarters building, Pennsylvania; Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, New Mexico; Gulf Life Tower, Florida; Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wisconsin; a paddle style River boat on the Ohio River; an artist depiction of the under construction Mobile River Highway Tunnel, Alabama; the Westinghouse Desalinization Plant, Florida; Model of master plan for the city of Gary, Indiana; Gulf Oil's "Big Brutus" crane at work on a dig site (The 160-foot tall coal shovel known as the 1850-B was designed and built by Bucyrus-Erie in Hallowell Kansas, for the Pittsburg & Midway, or P&M Coal Mining Company. It is the only one of its kind ever built. The mining company was purchased by Gulf Oil in 1963, and subsequently went under The Chevron Mining umbrella); Knights of Columbus headquarters building, Connecticut.
In a 1970 television program, host Lee Marvin talks about Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon on the Colorado River, in between Arizona and Nevada in the United States. Historical scenes from construction of the dam in the early 1930s. Crane lifts a number of workers on a raised platform. Worker comes down the mountain with the help of rope. Workers walk across bridge. Dynamite explosion dislodges rock for dam construction. The Hoover dam under construction. Rock blasting in the dam's diversion tunnels. Construction workers eat food in Anderson's Mess hall. Views of workers dining in the mess hall and the kitchen during food preparation. Includes interviews with workers Joe Kine, Tommy Nelson, and Doug Moore who participated in construction. Later aerial views of the Hoover Dam around 1970.