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.)
A film on contributions of Negro soldiers in various wars. Negro workers at an oil field with oil derricks talk to each other. Depiction of negroes serving in the Spanish-American War and advancing towards a battlefield. A negro man speaks about his experience of the war. Scenes of excavation and construction of the Panama Canal. Huge earth moving equipment at work and a man triggers an explosive detonation during the dig. A U.S. Navy ship underway in the newly completed Panama Canal. World War I scene of a U.S. Army unit including negro soldiers marching through a town in France, in formation, with a military band leading the march. Negro soldiers of the 813th Pioneer Regiment near Marseilles France work to build a railroad. Also scenes with soldiers from the 332nd Labor Battalion, and the 808th Pioneer Regiment clearing an area near Verdun. Negro soldiers of the 8th Illinois infantry (later the 370th infantry) running with the rifles as they mobilize for battle in France. Negro soldiers of 371st Regiment and 372nd regiment crossing battlefield during World War I. Members of the 369th regiment in battle. Railroad guns and heavy artillery firing during World War I. American soldiers leaping from a trench and running across no mans land during battle. Negro soldiers of the 369th infantry receiving awards, medals, and citations at an awards ceremony in France during World War 1. Henry Johnson and other negro soldiers marching in New York City victory parade soon after the armistice ending World War I. Graves of soldiers at Arlington Cemetery as seen from a moving vehicle. Images of grave markers for several negro soldiers and officers. Two negro soldiers approaching the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Close-up view of the memorial and plaque on the memorial. Several other memorials in the U.S. showing negro soldiers. View of a facsimile of the 371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division (colored) memorial in France, near the towns of Ardeuil and Séchault. Dramatized depiction of the memorial being destroyed by the invading German Army on June 15, 1941. A clergy man addresses Negro soldiers and the WACs seated in a church.
Athletes take part in various track and field events at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. A hurdle race takes place in the background while an athlete pole vaults. Athletes running in a 400 meters event. Close up of athlete Grover Klemmer after he breaks 400 meter world record. 1941.
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.
Cierva C30 Autogiro (G-ACIO) built by British A.V. Roe & Co. is seen parked at Air Park, London, England. Several views of the autogiro. Scene shifts to aerial view of the new Federal Post Office building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. A Kellett autogiro lands on the building roof, on May 25, 1935,as part of dedication ceremonies,for the new Post Office building. Officials stand on the rooftop watching the landing. The pilot delivers a mail pouch to James A. Farley, the U.S. Postmaster General, thus initiating airmail service between Camden New Jersey and Philadelphia. Aerial views of the Post Office building and surrounding downtown Philadelphia. The autogiro climbing steeply away.
42nd National VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Encampment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 50,000 Veterans and their wives present. Veterans parade with flags. Several women perform in the parade. Several handicapped veterans on pavement. Crowd cheers them.