View of Newport from steam driven Navy torpedo boat "Morris" underway. Sailors wearing hats seen on bow. Black smoke from the smokestack.
View of a book entitled "Builders of Hawaii." A hand opens it to several different places, revealing photos of persons who played roles in the early development of Hawaii. Also revealed are pages from the newspaper "Commercial Advertiser" reporting that flags changed as "Hawaii becomes the first outpost of Greater America" and "Old Glory is the new flag of the Hawaiian Islands." (This refers to the establishment of the Territory of Hawaii, under the U.S. Hawaiian Organic Act of 1900.) A portrait of Sanford Ballard Dole is shown. (He was the President of the Republic of Hawaii, 1894-1900, and its first Territorial Governor, 1900-1903.) Views of the Hawaiian State Archives Building, on the grounds of the Iolani Palace, in Honolulu. A plaque honoring Captain James Cook. Views of visitors inside an exhibit that includes a reproduction of an early Hawaiian cottage.
Mix of period footage circa 1910, retrospective interviews in 1975, and some still images. European immigration in bad travel conditions to America. View from rail on deck of a ship in heavy seas. An elderly European immigrant recalls his experiences of the journey on ship to America. Ship in Atlantic Ocean. Picture of European immigrants on ship deck. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Early 1900s period footage of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island and disembarking from ship, then walking with luggage for processing at Ellis Island. Some immigrants peer across New York Harbor at the skyline of New York city. Scene change to 1975 and views of interiors of a no longer used building in Ellis Island. Names of persons carved on walls. A man shares his experience as an immigrant passing through Ellis Island, and then as an immigration inspector reviewing new immigrants as they arrived.
U.S. Marine Honor Guard in dress uniform stands at attention on the ramp at Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island, anticipating the arrival of President John F. Kennedy, and his party. They decide to reposition themselves, and march, at 'trail arms,' toward the camera. Many sailors and other naval personnel and families have turned out to see the President. They are lined up behind a rope across the ramp. Some children are seated on the ground. Camera focuses on some with closeups.Several members of a greeting party stand near steps positioned for placement against Air Force One, when it arrives. Governor John A. Notte, Jr. of Rhode Island strolls across the ramp to where State Rhode Island State Trooper, Robert F. Washburn Jr.(wearing number 18 on his uniform) and others, are standing around a table holding a large silver punch bowl. Trooper Washburn holds a matching silver goblet. A phalanx of photographers stands ready for the arrival. Air Force One lands (It is Douglas VC-118A, serial number 53-3240). White smoke is seen off to the side, as the President's arrival is greeted with cannon salute.
Mixture of reenactments for older 18th and19th Century life scenes in America, and actual footage from the 20th century. Workers cut timber with an axe. Cattle-drawn carriage passes. Laying log roads. Building a railroad. View of Chinese railroad laborer. Stringing telegraph wire on log poles. Steam locomotive pulls passenger train and belches black smoke. Reenactment of farmers ("Minute Men") assembling and marching off to meet the British. Facsimile of United States Declaration of Independence. Actual footage from the early 1900s (circa 1910) of newly arriving immigrants arriving at Ellis Island for processing, including men, women, and children. Two boys pose for the camera smiling. Immigrants with their luggage in hand walk on docks of Ellis Island to or from processing areas. View of the Statue of Liberty on Bedloes Island and the words inscribed on statue of Liberty. Immigrants at Ellis Island. Diverse group of peoples raising their right hands as they take oath and become U.S. Citizens. Myriad different faces of Americans, including men, women, and children and people of different ethnic backgrounds including Asian, African American, and white. Three children gathered around a seated elderly man as he reads to them. Citizens deliberating on local development matters. Congress in session. Women voting registrars checking names as as voters arrive to cast their ballots in an election, and people entering voting booths to vote. Views of new 1965 Ford and Chrysler and other automobiles. New Ford tractors on display. 1965 "concept" automobiles on display. Reenactment of engineers using time and motion studies in a factory. Workers in different kinds of factories and manufacturing plants in the the early 20th century (1910s, 1920s, and 1930s) employing mass assembly line methods for the creation of goods. Various machines operated in factory. Workers engaged in mass production. Finished goods display in shops. Sales person selling curling irons. Another selling a flat iron.Two women and an early version clothes washer. A woman tries out vacuum cleaner as salesman helps her. Men making sinks and tubs. A crew of women tightens fasteners on assembly line, using "Yankee" screwdrivers. Warehouse men moving crates and a shipping warehouse filled with boxes and busy workers. One scoots with his foot on a hand cart. Workers leaving factory at end of work shift. Grain harvester at work. Laboratories for medicine, industrial, and plant research, with scenes of scientists and technicans running experiments and views of test tubes, beakers, flasks, and measurement apparatus. Image of globe spinning. An African city and women near a market selling goods and moving good held high on their heads. A Latin American city. American cooperation with hispanic people on civic projects. Families lined up at a health clinic for babies. One baby is being weighed. Americans including US Army soldiers working with Latin Americans on a construction project.
The Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Training Center at Melville in Rhode Island, United States. A security guard opens the gate to let trainees in with their luggage. Two sailors stand next to a board that reads 'Motor Torpedo Boat Training Center'. A group of sailors marching. Officers walk with their baggage. A board reads ''Bulkeley Park'. Faces of naval officers. A lieutenant standing on a platform briefs a group of officers. A tree with white paint at its base in the foreground. The trainees listen to an announcement on a loudspeaker. A man gives out flag signals.