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.
Jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong in the United States. Armstrong speaking during an interview. He says that he was born in 1900, in "James Alley." (He was actually born in 1901.) A large crowd in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. A large float in the parade. highlights of Louis's life. Louis Armstrong's childhood home, shortly before it was demolished in the mid-1960s. In 1901, Louis Armstrong is born on August 4th, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mary (Mayann) and William Armstrong. A photograph of Louis with his mother, Mayann, and sister, Mama Lucy (Beatrice), c. 1922. View of the French Quarter in New Orleans, with characteristic ironwork and porches. A horse carriage and a vehicle moving down a city street. A view of Louis Armstrong's teachers Bunk Johnson, Joe 'King' Oliver and others. Louis Armstrong says that he has played with all the best musicians. Louis Armstrong seated with a trumpet in his hand and other musicians standing beside him.
Maps show the location of the principal building and monuments. Intrusions of the Mall and the McMillan Plan of 1901. Members of the Senate and House Committees on Public Buildings and Grounds pose. View of the Internal Revenue Department building. Cherry trees in bloom.
Opening scene shows muzzle of a 10-in coastal defense gun as it rises on its disappearing carriage. The following inscriptions are etched into the end of the barrel: "12IV No.28 ORD Dept. U.S.A. M 1895 Watervliet Arsenal 1899." This gun is installed on an M1901 disappearing carriage at Battery Worth, Fort Casey, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington. View from the side, as the gun rises from below the battery and fires. Shell raises a great splash near a target flag in the water. Views from different locations around the gun as it fires several times.
Start of a documentary production titled,"The Inheritance."
Introductory slate tells how in December, 1914, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (Union) was founded in a meeting at Webster Hall, New York City. It also describes how far and wide that union had grown in the ensuing 50 years.
An ocean liner is seen in the mist in New York Harbor. Fog horn sounds. The statue of Liberty is seen dimly through the fog. A commercial ship and a tug boat pass in front of Ellis Island. Views of building interior, Sign in boiler room reads: "U.S. Immigrant Station. Ellis Island. N.Y.H." Furnace door and thermometer and pressure gauges are seen. Large hall is seen. Camera pans through the empty corridors and rooms of the facility. The frame of an iron baby's crib sits in an empty room. View through window of Ellis Island proper, just outside, and of New York City buildings across the water. Montage of still photo images: Immigrants on the deck of a ship in 1901. Views of small children. A group of immigrants wearing the fez. Immigrants waving their hats as they see the Statue of Liberty. Broader view of the ship packed with immigrants. Interior of Ellis Island building with queue of new arrivals being processed. Immigration officers seated on high stools, checking documents of arrivals. Medical officer examines a boy with a stethoscope (screening for TB). View shifts to passengers arriving. They walk across the pier, carrying their belongings.
View of Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. McMillan plan of 1901. President Abraham Lincoln's statue at the Lincoln Memorial. Cherry Blossoms at Tidal Basin on the bank of Potomac River in Washington DC.