Growth of war industries in Talladega Alabama during World War II. Newspapers of Talladega, Alabama. A large crowd on barge, coming to land. Scene of an office. Workers at a construction site in Alabama. A man operates a crane. A big cylindrical elevator at hook of the crane lowers down. A truck at house. Dog outside house. A man operates a full track tractor at construction site. African American workers construct rail tracks for a railroad train service. A side rail pulls down as attach to hook of a crane. Tanks on rail coaches. Food loads onto rail coaches. A cook prepares food. People eat food at dining table in groups in a hall. People do various works. A man operates a crane. A cylindrical box lowers down. Children play outside a bus. A child with a cat. An open air theater. People at a cafeteria. A woman with children. Cars outside a cafeteria. A board reads 'Field Office'. Large crowd.
Fliers announces government investment in Childersburg, Alabama, amounting to $100 million, to build 400 houses,improve water and sewer systems, schools, and the like. Workers throng the gates of a defense plant. Workers' cars fill its parking lot. Local workers doing business at the Isbell National Bank of Talladega. People on the sidewalks by the Martin movie theater, in Talladega. Workers marching in a Labor Day parade, followed by a fire engine, decorated automobiles, a float with sign identifying its sponsor as "Local 151 of Paperworkers Union." A car carrying a sign reading "Roofers Local 175, Anniston." The parade also includes a truck with sign reading:"Products of Alabama Pipe Company, Local 444," and two more cars sponsored by local Anniston labor unions.
U.S. President John F. Kennedy's speech regarding racism and racial tensions in Alabama, delivered from Washington DC, the White House. United States President Kennedy seated at a desk and speaks over a microphone. The President speaks about racial discrimination against blacks in the United States. He talks about the University of Alabama not giving admission to two clearly qualified young Alabama residents who happened to have been born Negroes, due to segregation and discrimination practices. View of people crowded outside the University of Alabama. Men take pictures as officials escort entering students Vivian Malone and James Hood into the University. The President says that the nation is founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. President Kennedy says that it is right for American consumers of any color to receive equal service in places of public accommodation, to register and to vote in a free election without interference or fear of reprisal. Additional views of Vivian Malone and James Hood walking with crowds and also unaccompanied on the University of Alabama campus. A policeman rides a motorcycle on a road at the University. President Kennedy talks about respecting negro citizens and importance of civil rights and equality. The President says that no city or State or legislative body can prudently choose to ignore the rights of any of its citizens. Press record his speech and take pictures.
A film titled 'Happy Warriors' on procedures for rotating U.S. airmen from England to the United States for rest and relaxation during World War II. Several views of U.S. B-17s, B-24s and other bombers in flight through flak over enemy areas in Europe. Tail codes on B-17s identify them as belonging to the 95th Bombardment Group of the U.S. 8th Air Force. Various crew members seen at their respective crew stations aboard the bombers. Falling bombs explode on ground targets.View of a failed engine in flight and the propeller being feathered. General Eisenhower shaking hands with crew of a B-26 Marauder named "Son of Satan," with about 50 bombs painted on its fuselage for missions flown. A military bus arrives at the 127th Replacement Battalion's Washington Hall. USAAF fliers step from the bus and make their way to the receiving office. A sign reads: "New Arrivals Report to Rear Door." Among the group of aviators walking to the reception area is one carrying a small puppy dog. Colonel William A. Gail, Battalion Commander, of Montgomery, Alabama, poses with his headquarters staff. "Puddles" the mascot dog of the Post joins in for the picture. Posing and smiling, is Sergeant Major Holloway,who has been Colonel Gail's "right hand man" since the unit was organized in 1942. The fliers stand informally as a Sergeant calls the roll. The fliers undergo screening of their individual possessions for security purposes.A navigator has his maps taken away, to be returned when he returns from leave. Captain Baldridge, in charge of the mess,tastes and personally approves dishes from the kitchen before they are served to the Army aviators.
Bombing demonstration by U.S. Army Air Service DH4 aircraft under command of Brigadier General Billy Mitchell. The target is Battleship USS Alabama, in September, 1921 in the Chesapeake Bay, United States. Army flier is seen checking security of a bomb under wing of aircraft. USS Alabama underway in the Chesapeake Bay. Aerial views from United States Army Air Service planes in flight over the battleship. USS Alabama is hit by a bomb. Later it is hit by a phosphorus poison gas bomb. Finally it is hit by 2000 pound bombs. The USS Alabama rolls over halfway, in shallow waters.
Henry Brown and his wife and two children board a horse cart. The horse cart moves, passing fields, trees and stores in Tuskegee, Macon County, including WJ Brantleys grocery market and the Macon Theatre on Northside Street. They reach an Army Air Force Base (Moton Field). Henry's eldest son, a cadet of 99th Pursuit Squadron (Tuskegee Airmen negro fliers) receives them. They all move to the aerodrome where planes are parked. Henry's eldest son gets ready for a flight. He enters the cockpit. The plane takes off. The two children wave their hands. Henry and his wife look to the sky.