Opening scene shows the White House in Washington, DC. Scene shifts to President Roosevelt seated, ready to address the Nation by radio. View of the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. FDR with his entire family posing, in front of the family home "Springwood" at Hyde Park, New York. Roosevelt, when Governor of New York, seen in a sail boat, in 1929. FDR in his car at his Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Georgia. He is speaking with a man associated with the Institute, who then greets several polio victims in wheel chairs there. Crowds celebrating Roosevelt's election, in Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, in 1932. Roosevelt, at the Democratic Headquarters at the Biltmore Hotel on November 8, 1932. He is standing, supported by his son James, as he remarks: "It looks my friends like a real landslide this time." Aerial view of the U.S. Capitol. FDR taking the oath of office on March 4, 1933. A man looking at stock market ticker tape. A group of people raising a National Recovery Administration member flag. Glimpse of "Springwood" and then view of President Roosevelt sitting next to his mother, Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt. Next, as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt sit in the garden, their grandchildren, Anna Eleanor Dall ("Sistie") and Curtis Roosevelt Dall ("Buzzie") come past riding horses, with granddaughter Sara, behind them on a pony. FDR pets the pony and talks with Sara. FDR being nominated for a second term as President, in the 1936 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. President Roosevelt, riding in an inaugural motorcade as he begins an unprecedented 4th term as President in 1941. Glimpse of President and Mrs. Roosevelt in an open car. West point cadets marching in the inaugural parade. Military trucks towing artillery pieces in the parade. President Roosevelt speaking at the dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association at the Willard hotel in Washington, DC, March 15, 1941. He extols the virtues of Winston Churchill and the British people. And he promises that America will supply them with the war materiel they need (This is known as the Lend Lease Speech.)
President Franklin Roosevelt in his acceptance speech addresses the gathered delegates of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia's Convention Hall. Posters of Roosevelt and his running mate John Nance Garner. Roosevelt is surrounded by guards. In the nomination acceptance speech, he speaks of the courage of the American people in withstanding problems and facing challenges. He endorses the platform of the democratic convention. He insists on protection of the family and home, sustenance of democracy, and aid to those overtaken by disaster. He talks of the war in America being waged against want and destitution, as well as a war for the survival of democracy. Crowd cheers and claps to the words of President Roosevelt. Band playing "Happy Days are Here Again" at end of clip, which was had been the campaign song of the democratic party for the prior, 1932, presidential campaign.
Activities aboard ships docked at Philadelphia Naval Base in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rear Admiral Schuirmann comes aboard the USS Philadelphia (CL-41) light cruiser prior to ceremony. American flag is lowered from the fore top of the USS Philadelphia. Naval officers await the ceremony to start. Brazilian flag is raised to fore top of the USS Philadelphia light cruiser. Brazilian and American Naval personnel salute. USS Philadelphia tied alongside pier. USS ST Louis (CL-49) light cruiser tied along the pier. American sailor in the foreground. Sailor salutes and Brazilian being flag raised to fore top of USS St. Louis.
Women work over time for preparing Easter-eggs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Women prepare Easter eggs in an industry. A woman puts eggs in a food baking machine. She uses a brush to give them proper shape. The baked Easter-eggs. Women icing eggs and make different designs on the eggs. The decorated Easter eggs. The young children seated on a bench eat the eggs.
Man pushes a steam car with no gear shifts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. George Mershon works on the car, his new invention, which is powered by coal. Smokestack on the hood of the car. Mershon drives away the car on the road.
A film titled 'Penn ties 16 year old mile relay mark in classic track meet' shows athletes in a relay race at Classic Track Meet in Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Ohio team wins the relay. Athletes participate in a hurdle race. In a mile relay, Penn ties a 16 year old record as his team wins the race.