War preparation of the U.S. Army in Plattsburgh, New York. U.S. troops walk beside train with their bags. Color guard with flags. An officer speaks. A group of officers poses. Thousands of artillery, tanks, cavalry troops and army trucks arrive. Two army personnel clean artillery. Horses drink water. Personnel peel off vegetables and cook food. Personnel serve themselves and eat.
United Garment workers (UGW) Union members discuss plan for 1914 convention in Nashville Tennessee. View from locomotive traveling on a straight train track. A steam locomotive pulling a passenger train. Trainman on rail car waving a lantern. Views of the convention, October 12, 1914, in Nashville, headed by UGW President Thomas A. Rickert of Chicago. Union locals from New York, Boston, Rochester, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, were deemed in arrears on dues (although they had been on strike) and not allowed to participate. They walked out, with the Chicago delegation too. View of Telegram sent from Nashville, by the dissidents, to Sidney Hillman in New York, October, 1914, asking him to head a rival union. Photo of Hillman taking telephone call. A special convention at Webster Hall, in New York City, where dissidents join with Journeyman Tailors union and form the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, with Sidney Hillman as President. Key members of the new union are seen standing in front of a car. Sidney Hillman in his office dictating to his secretary. Copies of the new union's House organs in various languages. Amalgamated Clothing Workers holding signs in various languages. Workers pose on a truck by a sign reading:"A Fair Deal, A Chance to Live, Arbitration is all we ask." Workers in cars. Girls on roller skates wearing sashes reading: "Don't Be A Scab." A man in a barrel with sign reading: "Can't afford to wear pants. Pa works in an open shop." Women pose in sandwich boards that spell out: "Closed Shop." Philadelphia garment worker ostensibly writing letter to Sidney Hillman. Shop owners examine sewn item and shop records while man works at sewing machine.
Citizens Military Training Camp in Plattsburg, New York. Troops of soldiers march on parade grounds. Soldiers carry flags. Mule-drawn carts in procession. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt Jr., (son of President Theodore Roosevelt) salutes the troops. Line of soldiers firing rifles and machine guns at their targets. Band of musicians play as two soldiers do a dance similar to what was later called the charleston. Other soldiers watch them and enjoy. Soldiers eat ice cream cones, joke around with each other and smile.
The United States of America in 1914. In 1914 : A man on a lamp post on a street in New York. Troops march on the streets. Buildings on either side of the road. Army jeeps and trucks carrying troops move along a path. People gathered on the sides of the path. Men gathered at a rail station. A few men hold flags. A train at the station. Troops in rail cars. People gathered beside the train seeing off the troops. Several horses moving out of a wooden-fenced enclosure. Men beside the enclosure. The troops, with their baggages, stand beside a track. The troops move down a path.
A film 'This Was Yesterday' depicts America in 1914. In 1914 : A line of horse wagons move along a street in New York. Buildings along the sides of the road. The wagons move on muddy roads. The horses struggle to move. Vehicles on snow covered roads. Men shoving the snow on to the sides from the roads using shovels. Men and women on a road with snow falling and wind blowing. Vehicles on the road and people struggling in the wind.
Start of a documentary production titled,"The Inheritance."
Introductory slate tells how in December, 1914, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (Union) was founded in a meeting at Webster Hall, New York City. It also describes how far and wide that union had grown in the ensuing 50 years.
An ocean liner is seen in the mist in New York Harbor. Fog horn sounds. The statue of Liberty is seen dimly through the fog. A commercial ship and a tug boat pass in front of Ellis Island. Views of building interior, Sign in boiler room reads: "U.S. Immigrant Station. Ellis Island. N.Y.H." Furnace door and thermometer and pressure gauges are seen. Large hall is seen. Camera pans through the empty corridors and rooms of the facility. The frame of an iron baby's crib sits in an empty room. View through window of Ellis Island proper, just outside, and of New York City buildings across the water. Montage of still photo images: Immigrants on the deck of a ship in 1901. Views of small children. A group of immigrants wearing the fez. Immigrants waving their hats as they see the Statue of Liberty. Broader view of the ship packed with immigrants. Interior of Ellis Island building with queue of new arrivals being processed. Immigration officers seated on high stools, checking documents of arrivals. Medical officer examines a boy with a stethoscope (screening for TB). View shifts to passengers arriving. They walk across the pier, carrying their belongings.