Nellie Tayloe Ross, the 28th Director of the Mint, and Employees at the United States Mint, Department of Treasury oversee the first shipment of government gold from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia to the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Clip shows casting and weighing of government gold, at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Nellie Tayloe Ross seen speaking and seated at a desk with other officials nearby. Mint officials check the quality and dimensions of a cast gold bar to be transported to Fort Knox in Kentucky. Gold molded into bars by ram machines. Nellie Tayloe Ross signs papers. Molding machines and employees at work. Molten gold in a kiln. Man casts it into gold bars. Officials and armed guards keep an eye on the process. Gold bars are placed on one side of a large scale and weighed. Exterior view of the U.S. Mint department building in Philadelphia. View is of the third U.S. Mint building in Philadelphia, North facade, facing Spring Garden Street (building later owned by the Community College of Philadelphia, as of 1973). Late 1930's automobiles seen passing by the U.S. Mint on Spring Garden Street.
The history of the United States. 1783: Soldiers of the new republic after their victory in the American Revolutionary War. Soldiers on horseback meet new citizens. They watch as men carrying baggage walk away. A banner on a road separating two states reads 'New Hampshire Boundary'. A merchandiser demands money from two men to cross the border. Pictures of the land which farmers gave up because they could not pay back. Bankers inside a building. People on the streets. Delegates at the Philadelphia Convention in Pennsylvania. Pictures of people demanding new central government. Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the US, walks supported by two men to the convention building. Several people stand around and watch. General George Washington, the elected President of the convention. He delivers a speech. He states the need for unity, a sound financial system, war debts to be paid, trade to be encouraged, national government to protect rights and perform functions. The delegates speak at the convention. The convention in progress. President George Washington with Benjamin Franklin and a few men at a final private conference during which they decide the government should have clearly defined substantial powers. The Preamble to the United States Constitution created on 17 September 1787, read out at the convention. Benjamin Franklin gets up with the help of two men. George Washington signs the constitution. Benjamin Franklin with George Washington. The carving on George Washington's chair. George Washington, the first President of the United States. People greeting the President. Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury, organizes a bank to receive taxes and import duties that pays off national debts.
Newly reconstructed Franklin Field, in Philadelphia, filled with 57 thousand spectators. The 150 member University of Illinois marching band plays and parades over the field. A cheering section in the grandstand spells out "N", as part of their message and another section spells out an A" with their cards. Prior to kickoff, Harold Edward "Red" Grange, Captain of the University of Illinois football team, stands holding a football. He is flanked by Illinois Head Coach Robert Carl Zuppke and Pennsylvania coach, John Louis. Grange hands the football to another player. The field is muddy from earlier snow and rain. Grange is seen running the ball on the very muddy field in the contest against University of Pennsylvania. Players are mud-covered and sliding during play. (Underdog Illinois won 24-2.) Scene shifts to different game with cheer leaders in grandstand spelling "Knute Rockne." Camera focuses on the famous Notre Dame football coach, Knute Rockne, attending the game, as a spectator in the stands. Cheerleaders seen at sidelines. In another scene, Grange is shown in a game, running for a touchdown at corner of goal line.
Enthusiastic spectators are seen in stands and at sidelines at a football game.
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.
Launching and commissioning of United States Ship Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) at a harbor in Philadelphia Naval Yard, Philadelphia. Terrier missiles in launcher in catwalk area. The flight deck of the ship at pier. People board ship. United States Navy officers and sailors and dignitaries assembled in hanger for commissioning ceremony. Flags and sign board of 'USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63'. Admiral Arleigh Burke and other officers on speaker's stand. An officer addresses the assembly.
A poster of the President, Franklin D. Roosevelt. United States flags on both the sides of the poster. Scenes of the crowded Convention Hall, in Philadelphia, where the Democratic National Convention is nominating incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt to run again, for a second term. The crowd applauds and cheers.