Recovery efforts from the Great Depression in the United States. (Footage largely from mid 1930's, produced in 1967). A farmer plows his field using oxen. Men and women work in fields. Price tags on food products. Officials of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration in an office discuss reforms to solve farming over production and low demand. Statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. The White House building. Scenes of dilapidated farms and fields overcome by drought and dust bowl conditions. Farmers sit outside their houses fatigued and exhausted. Faces of tired, fatigued farmers. A town meeting of farmers in a small town. Franklin Roosevelt with cabinet and other officals in early days of his administration. Floods in Tennessee Valley washing away farmland. Farmland scarred by erosion lines and trenches. The Tennessee Valley Authority builds dams and power plants in the Tennessee Valley and helps farmers reclaim and improve land. Farmers in a rural town listen to a Tennessee Valley Authority official present plans of development. Establishment of Rural Electrification Administration. Electric power lines set up in the rural areas of the United States. Franklin Roosevelt addressing the U.S. Congress in the Capitol. Scenes from voting centers and of a voting booth in an American town. Wendell Willkie addressing a crowd. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt converses with an African American official (possibly in connection with signing of Executive Order 8802, the Fair Employment Act). Eleanor Roosevelt behind him, and Secretary of State Edward Stettinius, Jr. to her left. Eleanor Roosevelt speaking to group of African American children.
Harnessing rivers in United States. Tennessee River flows with full force. Floods cause damages in farms and towns. The flow of water causes soil erosion. Tennessee Valley Authority develops the Tennessee River system for flood control and to generate surplus electricity to avert waste of water power. Congress passes Tennessee Valley Authority legislation. Construction crew works on the construction of dam. Workers balancing on steel beams, high in the air. Riverters throwing and catching hot rivets. Steam shovels and pneumatic hammers in operation. Concrete being poured and a welder with helmet and torch,at work. Animated map shows the river and tributaries. Several other dams in view. The dams help in electricity power generation and irrigation.
Belle Bart, famous astrologer at desk in her office, New York, USA. She speaks on her predictions for the Year 1936. She reminds viewers of her predictions for the year 1935. She says that the period of prosperity will extend from 1936-1943. She further says that although war is imminent in the far East, and that some nations will become eclipsed during this period, the general trend through 1943 will be "happiness and prosperity for all."
Disparity between White and Negro people in South Carolina, United States. Negroes wait in their Sunday best at public school near emergency relief camp of Tennessee administration.
Disparity between White and Negro people in South Carolina, United States. Women sit outside a building at Tennessee. Negro children move across the farmland. Building in the background. Vehicle moves on the farmland.
Disparity between White and Negro people in South Carolina, United States. Negro people gathered outside the building. People sit outside the building. The board on the school building reads 'Emergency relief by TENN administration bloc'. Man walks on the stairs of the building. People gathered in the farmland near a car.