The 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Views of car and bus traffic on Broad Street in Philadelphia, with City Hall in the background. A sign hung over the street reads " Welcome, Democratic National Convention." A giant braying donkey head that can move is mounted above an entrance, welcoming Democratic Party delegates. A woman with a sign on her back that reads 'Ike' in support of U.S. Army General Dwight David Eisenhower. Posters and banners in support of General Eisenhower. Next scene shows delegates removing signs for Eisenhower and a group in support of Justice William Douglas holds up their signs. James Roosevelt (son of Franklin D. Roosevelt) gets off a train with his wife and smiles. A group of Douglas supporters walk behind him on the train platform. A large poster shows William Douglas and a a sign in a window reads 'Official headquarters'. Candidate Claude Pepper is seen talking with supporters. Women march with posters of Democratic presidential candidate Harry S. Truman. A man seated in a car. Statesmen including candidate Alben Barkley seen in discussion.
The 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Delegates enter the convention hall. Posters of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. A sign reads 'I'm wild about Harry'. Signs read names of different states in the U.S. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley delivers a speech at the convention as he talks about administration under democratic leadership.
A car arrives at the White House in Washington DC. President Harry S. Truman is presented a Jewish Torah by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, first President of the newly declared State of Israel. Exterior view of White House. Truman with Secretary of State, George Marshall, by the fireplace inside the White House. They discuss world affairs looking at a globe. An animated map shows the increasing Soviet Communist influence in Europe. April 3, 1948, President Truman signs the Economic Assistance Act, know as the Marshall Plan, as members of Congressional leadership look on. Sacks of grain being off loaded at a dock in Italy, as part of Marshall Plan aid. Scene shifts to October 6, 1948 with crowd gathered outside the Democratic Convention at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Convention delegates applaud during President Truman's address. Officials on stage. Truman talks about his sincere desire to promote peace throughout the world. Pictures of Franklin Roosevelt and Alben Barkley on stage. The White House. Truman seated at a table.
Dixiecrat democrats of the States' Rights Democratic Party at convention in Birmingham Alabama (after rejecting civil rights in platform of the 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Pennsylvania). People in favor of continued racial segregation enter the building of 'State Rights Democrat' along with flag of United States to revolt against the civil rights plank of the Truman-Barkley ticket. William Henry Davis "Alfalfa Bill" Murray, a vocal proponent of racial segregation, is seen and flags behind him include a confederate flag. Dixie Democrats (The States' Rights Democratic Party) hold their own convention. Banners of states of Alabama and Mississippi in convention hall, with representatives who abandoned the democratic convention at Philadelphia. Fielding Lewis Wright, Democratic politician, and Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, stands among Democrats. Governor James Strom Thurmond of South Carolina speaks and denounces efforts by the federal government and says that the country is on the path of being a totalitarian state. Strom Thurmond gets the State's Rights Party nomination for President of the United States.
The 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Artists in colorful costumes parade on a street. A sign reads 'World premiere of tap roots'. A sign reads 'Democratic National Convention'. Cameras record the convention. A woman smiles as artists perform. A sign reads 'We are all mild about Harry'. A man addresses the delegates. Posters of Harry S. Truman. Banners read 'Illinois farmers for Truman'.
The 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A man announces the results of voting at the convention. U.S. President Harry S. Truman wins the race for the presidential nomination. Truman and Alben Barkley as his running mate appear on a dais. Truman delivers a speech as he accepts the nomination. He says that his main concerns are high prices and housing. He also announces to call a session of the Congress.