Hard times in the Great Depression led to formation of The Bonus Army. American veterans of World War 1 march on streets of Washington DC, carrying a large poster demanding immediate cash redemption their "bonus" service certificates awarded by Congress in 1924 (but not lawfully payable until 1945). Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, ordered by President Hoover, to clear the Bonus Army encampments, is seen standing in a street surrounded by several U.S. Army troops. People watch from sidewalks as a contingent of U.S. Army cavalry rides down the street. U.S. Army M-1917 tanks roll down Pennsylvania Avenue in July 1932. Bonus marchers and others watch from Lafayette Park in background. Scene shifts to the 1932 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, where delegates cheer after nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt as their Presidential candidate. Roosevelt seen waving from the podium. Migrant farm workers seen at temporary, dilapidated dwellings in close quarters, and sitting at a campfire, some with sad and desperate faces. Migrant farm workers' cars on the road, piled high with family belongings during westward migration. Migrants riding atop an open railroad freight car. Two men share a copy of the "Epic News" newspaper (published by supporters of Upton Sinclair and the End Poverty Movement in Los Angeles and central California). Narrator describes programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction workers ignite demolition charges during construction of Boulder Dam (aka Hoover Dam and officially so-named in 1947). Glimpse of President Roosevelt at the site in an open car, for its dedication on September 30, 1935. Construction workers engaged in building the dam. Another shot of President Roosevelt in his open car. Towers being erected to carry electric power from the dam's hydroelectric generators. President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiling broadly at the formal dedication ceremony, September 30, 1935. Controlled discharges of water through the dam. Views of the Boulder Dam hydroelectric generating station. Oil well rigs or oil derricks at work during construction at night. People at work in fabric mills or textile mills, and in a print shop
An introduction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington DC. A reenactment of FBI agents during prohibtion fighting against criminals on the streets. Reenactment of the famous Kansas City Massacre. Next, newsreel scenes shows the Lindbergh baby with his mother. Lindbergh murder trial in session in 1932. Bruno Richard Hauptmann in a court and view of FBI commission under Hoover in session. Reenactment shows FBI agents firing at John Dillinger on a street and behind cars. Also reenactments of FBI agents firing at Baby Face Nelson, capture of Machine Gun Kelly, and a shootout with Pretty Boy Floyd.
A worker at a refrigerated railroad box car loads fruits or vegetables onto a delivery truck of the W. Chas Heitmuller wholesale company in Washington DC. Truck departs train loading area. Men deliver goods from truck into a Sanitary Grocery Company store. A cow or livestorck being transported in a small truck. Two negro farm workers load barrels of produce onto a truck on a farm field. A line of trucks from the W.A. Simpson Dairy in Washington DC drives on a rural road transporting Simpson's Milk to the city. A Simpson Milk truck backs into a bay at a home or business in Washington DC for a delivery. View of oneumatic tires on a truck, that ease wear on the roads.
Bonus Army demonstrators at Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. Views of U.S. Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue. Demonstrators of Bonus Army on the street. Washington DC police drag veterans from a Pennsylvania Avenue warehouse and load them onto trucks.
Veterans of World War I in Zanesville, Ohio, march toward Washington DC to lay their demands before Congress. They demand for settlements on the adjusted compensation for ex-servicemen of the world war They take food. Large crowd gathers. Convoy carrying veterans moves toward Washington DC.
William Greenwood builds 'Noah's Ark' at Olympia in Washington. William Greenwood builds his boat. Birds and animals near the boat. He believes that the world will come to an end in 1932 because of a tidal wave.