Daffodils at spring time in Sumner, Washington. Girls pluck daffodils. View of daffodils. Girls carry daffodils and smile.
Russian Ambassador addresses nation in Washington D.C., United States, the day after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa. View of the Embassy of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics building. Russian Ambassador Constantine Oumansky seated at office. He addresses nation and presents his views on Hitler's German invasion of the Soviet Union. He states that Hitler has miscalculated, and that Hitler's invasion will be smashed. Under Secretary of State, Benjamin Sumner Welles, addresses a press conference stating the administration's immediate aim is to stop Hitlerism. Reporters note down the points. Photographers take pictures.
House Committee on Un-American Activities hearings (HUAC) in Washington, DC, the United States. Former Undersecretary of State, Sumner Welles, is sworn in and sits during the hearings. Several men sit in the background. The defendant is asked questions about a note from Eleanor Roosevelt, on January 11, 1939,about the rejection of a U.S. visa for Mr. and Mrs. Hanns Eisler, by the U.S. Consul in Cuba, which was subsequently reviewed again. Defending against implications of negligence, Mr. Welles reminds the Committee of the context in which these decisions were being made. He talks about the atrocities committed in Germany.
Preface to U.S. in World War 2. German U-boat on surface. Crew climbing down into submarine and at duty stations while submerged. Torpedo trails bubbles underwater. Ship hit and explodes. Newspapers report torpedoing of American ships: SS Robin Moor, SS Lehigh, SS Sessa, SS Steelfarer, and SS Montana, by German U-boats. Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson calls on U.S. Navy to secure sea lanes. Wendell Wilkie agrees. U.S. Congress repeals Neutrality Act, November 17, 1941. Deck guns being placed on U.S. Merchantmen. Japanese warships docked and troops entering Indochina, as local people watch.Japanese troops by Dong Dang, near Chinese border. Situation described by animated illustrations.Japanese Special Envoy, Saburo Kurusu, is dispatched to Washington. Pan American Boeing 314 flying boat taking off. Japanese Naval Task Force of warships underway. Kurusu arriving in San Francisco, on November 14, 1941. He steps from the aircraft and makes statement to reporters. Japanese Ambassador, Kichisaburo Nomura, and Special Envoy Kurusu escorted into the White House by Secretary of State Cordell Hull, on November 17, 1941. Japanese troops bombarding Chinese city with artillery. November 26, 1941, View of Executive Office Building with statue of Victory atop U.S. Army First Division Monument. Secretary Hull announcing proposal to Japan.The Japanese representatives leaving the White House. Japanese aircraft carriers steaming toward Pearl Harbor. Japanese flight crews getting briefed on December 7,1941. Nakajima B5N (Kate) torpedo bombers taking off and in formation. Secretary Hull at his desk. The aloha tower and aerial view of Honolulu. Sailors at outdoor Sunday service, and relaxing at Pearl Harbor. Vehicle entering Hickam Field. Japanese airplanes bombing Pearl Harbor. Explosions on U.S. warships. USS Arizona (BB-39) suffers direct hit and explosion, as filmed from the deck of U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, USS Solace (AH-5). Shots of pilots and point of view from pilots inside Japanese bomber and attack aircraft, through a mix of dramatized segments from Japanese propaganda films about the Pearl Harbor attack, and real footage from the Pearl Harbor attack. View from Japanese planes bombing and strafing Ford Island. U.S. sailors firing antiaircraft and machine guns down Japanese planes. Secretary Hull describes memorandum from Japanese.
Excerpt from the fictional film "Birth of a Nation". A pro Southern dramatization on the effect of the Civil War and the reconstruction. Prewar conditions on the Cameron estate in Piedmont, South Carolina. The members of the southern Cameron and northern Stoneman families of Washington are introduced. Men and women reading a newspaper outside a house. The newspaper headlined read: 'If the North carries the election, the South will secede'. An abolitionists meeting. They discuss about the news. The Stoneman library in Washington. Women cleaning the library. One of the woman leaves. A man enters and talks to the woman. They argue and the man leaves the room. The woman cry. Man portrayed as Leader of the Senate Charles Sumner in the library. He looks at the books kept on a table. He arrives near the woman and talks to her. A woman and a man talking amongst themselves in a room. Other man enters and talks to them.
Excerpts of testimony by United States Under Secretary of State, George S. Messersmith, to the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) in Washington DC. Ambassador Messersmith raises his hand and is sworn in, and then seated beside his legal counsel, Norman M. Littell. Ambassador Messersmith gives testimony about Hans Eisler and Dorothy Thompson related to his own time in Berlin Germany in the 1930s on behalf of the U.S. State Department. He references his work with U.S. diplomat Sumner Welles. He says that he read the Eisler file to refresh his memory. He says that although they were not involved in the war at the time the responsibility on the State Department had increased. He talks about a case related to columnist Miss Thompson. He looks into his papers He talks about the time when he was posted in Berlin and Austria and she made a number of visits. He laughs. He tells about officers who showed prejudice in examining visa papers.