A model of a railroad track in South Lancaster, Massachusetts. The model shows a train running on the railroad track. A man sits with the model. Trees in the background. The man works on the railroad model. Smoke comes out of the engine of the train. The train comes out of a tunnel.
Exterior view of Pan American Union Building in Washington DC, with a 1930s Packard four door sedan-limousine parked in front. A man entering the building. Jefferson Caffery, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, seated in an office and reviewing paperwork. Narrator describes the creation of the Good Neighbor Fleet (where Moore-McCormack Lines, also called Mooremack, was contracted to run three ocean liners of the U.S. Maritime Commission between the USA and South America, called the Good Neighbor Fleet.) Close up picture of brochure advertising the new fleet, and picturing the three ships (The California, Virginia and Pennsylvania from the former Panama Pacific Line, with new names Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.) Next scene shows 3 men meeting (this is possibly Moore-McCormack Lines founder Albert V. Moore, on right, seated at a table and in discussion, possibly with U.S. Maritime officials. Man on left is possibly Emmet McCormack.) Passengers aboard liner SS Brazil as it departs port. Crowd on docks wave at the ship leaving New York harbor. View from on board SS Brazil in New York Harbor as a nearby tug boat sprays water. Skyline and skyscrapers of New York City's Manhattan Island seen in background. Map of South America showing route of a Good Neighbor ship. Good Neighbor Fleet ships at a harbor in South America. U.S. State Department diplomats in South America beside one of the ships as fleet service is inaugurated. Exterior view of Pan American Union building and its sign in Washington DC (later called the building of the Organization of American States). President Ortiz of Argentina, President Alfredo Baldomir of Uruguay, and President Vargas of Brazil are shown in discussion with various officials.
Reenactment shows FBI(Federal Bureau of Investigation) agents battling gangsters in the United States, during the 1930s. George Kelly Barnes nicknamed 'Machine Gun Kelly', 'Babyface' Nelson, 'Prettyboy' Floyd and John Dillinger being arrested and chased by FBI agents. The FBI agents with the help of hidden cameras keep a check on gangsters in New York. The Brinks robbery in Boston, Massachusetts. They take action against members of the KKK (Ku Klux Klan). Member of the KKK clan being arrested. FBI arrests James Earl Ray, who killed Martin Luther King.
Documentary depicts the end of the 1920s good times in the U.S., leading into the Great Depression. Mildred Unger, age 10, performs a wing walker charleston dance while out on the wing of a JN-4 "Jenny" airplane in flight over Los Angeles in 1926.Four girls dancing on the top of a building higher than those around it, in Boston, Massachusetts. Amusement park patrons riding a roller coaster. People out driving through a park in their automobiles. Patrons enjoying themselves at the Steeplechase amusement park in Coney Island, New York. A crane piling old cars in a heap at a junk yard. But following the Wall Street crash of 1929, conditions change in America. Group of people receiving food assistance in a city. A man, woman, and baby, in a tent (probably migrant workers). The famous 1936 photo, "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange, of migrant worker, Florence Owens Thompson, with two of her children in California. Men receiving food from a city soup kitchen. Dejected unemployed men.
Negro life in South Carolina, United States. Two men walk past a municipal building. A negro woman and children seated on a park bench. View of negro men and women selling cut flowers and plant sprigs along a street side, as early 1930's automobilies go by. Houses at a distance and a car in front. Cars move on the road. A fence with message "For white only" painted on it reflecting "Jim Crow" laws.
U.S. Navy ZPG-2 in flight over Plymouth, Massachusetts. ZPG-2 airship flies over water. Pilot of airship at the controls. Pilot moves wheel of airship. ZPG-2 as seen from other airship. Aerial view of shoreline of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Landing site for pilgrims shows a monument erected on shore. These ASW (Anti Submarine Warfare) airships are likely based at South Weymouth, Massachusetts.