The 1956 National Convention of the Democratic Party in Chicago, Illinois. Former President Harry S. Truman and his wife Bess, taking seats at the convention.Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, taking her seat. Democratic Party National Chairman, Paul M. Butler standing behind and below the podium as convention prepares to get underway. Amphitheater is filled with seated delegates, as they are called to order. Delegates standing and applauding, following the keynote speech of Frank G. Clement, Governor of Tennessee,who touches the Tennessee delegate identification pole as it is thrust toward him.. Delegates waving poles displaying their respective State Names.
An American football match between Tennessee Volunteers and Kentucky Wildcats in Tennessee. The players playing on the ground. Wildcats winning in the fourth quarter. Johnny Majors scoring goals against Kentucky. Volunteers winning after the fourth quarter. The players playing the match. Tennessee wins against Kentucky by 20-7. The spectators in the stand cheer as Tennessee wins the match.
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.
The 1956 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. A large number of delegates gathered at the convention. The delegates carry placards with names of various states on them. Signs read 'California', 'Tennessee', 'Texas', 'Indiana'. A man speaks into a microphone as he introduces Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois as the Democratic nominee for Presidential election.
United states Navy submarine SSN-571, the USS Nautilus, introduced in 1956. The nuclear powered USS Nautilus submarine underway at sea in United States. Men at controls as the first nuclear submarine is tested. SSN-571 in New York Harbor with Manhattan Island skyline of New York City in background. Next scene shows the guided cruise missile SSM-N-8 Regulus, also introduced in 1956, being fired from a ship, and an aerial view is seen of the Regulus guided missile in flight.