Lake Taneycomo in Taney County, Missouri. View of suspension bridge over Lake Taneycomo. Mountains in the background. The bridge on water. Tourists board a river boat. Small boats tied up to dock. A river boat pulls away from the shore. Boats pass on the lake and moves under the bridge. View from pilot's cabin of an aircraft. The wooded shoreline. Huts on shoreline.
Standing in front of a statue honoring William McKinley at the Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio, in 1920, two United States Civil War veterans in uniform read the 'New York Times' dated September 19, 1901. The headline reads 'Mr McKinley's body in his old home'. Cut to footage from shortly after President McKinley's death in 1901, with citizens, police and constabularies on horse back gathered outside the Milburn Residence in Buffalo, New York, where McKinley died. President William Mc Kinley's body is carried out of the house in a coffin. McKinley's funeral procession leaving the Milburn residence. Cut back to 1920 and the men standing beside the statue of President McKinley at the Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio.
Crowd gathered in front of the Jailhouse in San Jose, California, where a mob of thousands had broken in and seized prisoners Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes, who had reportedly confessed to the kidnapping and murder of Brooke Hart, son of Alexander Hart, the owner of Leopold Hart and Son Department Store. The mob had taken the two and lynched them, in St. James Park, across the street. Under-sheriff Hamilton, is interviewed and states that they held the mob off until they ran out of tear gas, and then didn't shoot, because of women and children. View of many people and cars outside, as seen through cell windows inside the prison. One of the prison inmates, testifies about seeing the mob break into the prison and make their way to the third floor. View of the St. James Park, where many people are seen gathered beneath its palm trees. Camera focuses on trees where the prisoners were hanged. California Governor,James Rolph, Jr., makes a statement tantamount to condoning the lynchings. The film shifts to a new location, in Missouri, where, On November 28, 1933, a crowd of 7-thousand broke into the Buchanan County Jail, St. Joseph, Missouri, to seize and lynch a negro charged with criminal assault. The mob overpowered defending police officers and members of the 35th Tank Company, Missouri National Guard. One of tank company's six ton M1917 light tanks parked in front of the prison. View of broken steel prison door and battering ram used by the mob. Wrecked interior of the prison quarters. People posing near a broken prison steel door.
Post-World War 1 us marked by labor-management strife, especially in the garment industry. Clothing workers are seen busy at their jobs in a factory in New York City. A man is seen symbolically closing and locking a steel door (narrative refers to a company "lockout.") View of New York City with police officers trying to maintain order as crowds fill garment district streets in protest. Montage of persons awaiting a June 1921 decision by the Supreme Court of the State of New york, Kings County. Narrator announces that Justice James C. Van Siclen, has granted an injunction (against all picketing by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America). Narrator quotes Van Siclen's opening statement in the decision: "The court must stand at all times as the representative of capital, of the captains of industry..." View of Sidney Hillman, leader of the Amalgamated union (ACWA) sitting with other union members. View of a bustling New York City street lined with tenaments and pushcarts. A man washing his face at a sink. A woman preparing a meal over a stove. Four children sharing a large bed. A gathering of idled clothing workers in a school room setting. Some in art classes. Dancers entertaining locked out workers. Young people presenting a puppet show. Narrator states that the lockout lasted 6 months, but the union prevailed. View of pleased union members.
Development works in Missouri, United States. Smoke stacks of a factory under halt. Depressed and discouraged men in public places of Missouri. Under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects, people work in agricultural farms and in factories. People lined outside a shop to purchase milk and eatables. Girls play in a park. A happy family. Streets paved in St. Louis and county roads surfaced. Gravel quarried by labors. The Joplin airport graded and surfaced by horse drawn rollers.
Air pollution in the metropolitan city area of Kansas, United States. View of Kansas City skyline on clear day and on smoggy day. Vehicles move on the streets. View of jet airliner taking off, emiting smoke. View of Kansas center city. An animated map shows seven Counties that differ in terms of land use, industrialization and economic activities in Missouri and Kansas. Kansas City Municipal and Fairfax airports, with aircraft taxiing. Aerial view of the airport areas with smog visible. View of bridges with factories behind barely visible through the smog. Rural road, with open burning of refuse in a large fire, with black smoke rising. Smoke rising from low building and from Large industrial plant. Aerial view of Kansas City from over the river,. with smoke obscuring the scene. Aerial view of smoke and pollution blanketing the whole area. Industrial plants along the river edge billowing smoke. The representatives of Kansas and Missouri present findings of the airport area survey during a conference. Animated illustrations of pollution sources: refuse burning; industrial processes; fuel combustion; and mobile sources.