A dam is constructed under the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in Tennessee, United States. A blast. A crane in operation. A dam and a bridge over the Tennessee River. Workers work on construction of a dam. A section of a huge pipe. Gravel is unloaded from a drum. Workers work on gravel with equipment. The dam generating electrical energy. Huge power plant towers.
Film opens showing two U.S. Navy Colorado-class battleships leading two others in a line of U.S. Navy battleships underway in a harbor area. Glimpse of officers on bridge of a battleship. Prow of ship creating wake. Variety of U.S. warships engaged in tactical exercise maneuvers. Several views of Mahon-class destroyers leading the fleet seaward in battle order. At TC: 1:54, USS California (BB-44) is seen from port side while underway. Next, Curtiss SOC Seagull observation planes are launched from warships and fly over the fleet in flights of three each. New Mexico class battleship underway at TC: 02:20. The USS Tennessee (BB-43) is seen at TC: 2:25. Closeups of observation aircraft in flight with pilots visible. The USS Aylwin (DD-355) seen around 2:45, then the USS Farragut (DD-348), the USS Case (DD-370), and the USS Monaghan (DD-354). Sailors astern on a destroyer launch depth charges. Wickes-class
4-stack destroyers on the horizon dropping depth charges. Closeup of ashcan depth charges rolling off stern of destroyer. New Mexico class battleships maneuvering.
A dam generates power in Tennessee, United States. A dam on a river in the Tennessee Valley. The architecture of the dam and its power plant. Generators in the power plant.
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.
From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.