Black men and women carry signs and demonstrate for equal rights outside a restaurant or store in the United States for civil rights. Jesse Jackson leads crowd in his "I am somebody" chant. A sign in the gathered crowd reads, "Jesse Jackson Black Jesus". Views of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28 1963, highlighting civil rights issues for African Americans. Martin Luther King marching next to a rabbi who is on crutches. Black rioters flipping over a car. A building burns during race riots. Ernest Green talks to others at the headquarters for the Apprenticeship Program of the Workers Defense League, funded by the A. Philip Randolph Education Fund. A white man enters a polling booth. White and black people at a polling place. Narrator says that negro voting is increasing in America. Images of of Mayor Carl Stokes,a black political leader in Cleveland, Ohio; Jesse Jackson, Preacher; and Ernest Green (Ernie Green), Youth Organizer and Executive. View of grounds of the Washington and Lincoln Memorial teeming with protestors against inequality and segregation during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. View of United States Supreme Court building and point of view shot as camera approaches interior chamber of the Supreme Court. Black students outside a school. Exterior view of John Philip Sousa Junior High School in Washington DC shows integrated student body. View of white students demonstrating against integration at Little Rock. Interior view of integrated elementary school classroom with both white and black children. Curb side sit-in demonstration in a southern city. Picketing demonstrators outside the S&W Cafeteria hold signs that read, "Christian Morality Condemns Segregation" and "All Men are Created Equal." Demonstrators at the lunch counter of the S&W Cafeteria are served a meal by the waitress. View of a swimming pool that has been closed by a municipality rather than allow integration.
People watch results of U.S. Census,1960 presented on an electric population chart in the Department of Commerce,Washington DC, showing constant growth in population. The description about what various colors of the light stand for is given in the index, at the side of the chart. Professor Philip Hauser (Director,Population Research and Training Center, University of Chicago) makes a presentation of the census report. George Stone asks questions to him. View of men and women workers walking on a sidewalk in an urban area, bound to or from work and jobs. Construction of roads and highways shown in progress. A suburban neighborhood under construction with houses being built. In a classroom, a boy student solves a sum on the blackboard as the teacher stands next to him. Men at work on a construction site building a house. Cars at gasoline service station with sign "Sinclair". Gas station workers clean windshields and fuel cars. Traffic moves on a divided highway filled with 1950s cars and various automobiles. A train passes by on a platform of a metro or subway system. New office construction sites and new garden apartment (low rise apartments) are seen under construction.
The American flag flutters, along with several foreign national flags, at the Laurel Park race course in Maryland. Horses run along the track. Highlights of the Washington DC International Stakes. 1960 winner, Bald Eagle, was the only repeat winner of the race, and was Champion Handicap Horse that year.
Democratic Party primary contest activity in Wisconsin. A building in Wisconsin, identified as local headquarters for John F. Kennedy Presidential campaign. Next is a billboard advertising Hubert Humphrey for President. Views of several Kennedy and Humphrey political campaign posters. Cars in parking plade at a olling place. Inside, Wisconsin Democratic voters cast ballots in the primary election. Several views of voters coming and going at the polling place. Next, Republicans are seem gathered at the Republican Womens' National Conference in Washington, DC. Republican notables eating from box lunches, include H. Ross Perot; Senator Barry Goldwater; President and Mrs (Mamie) Eisenhower; Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat. Next, President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon are seen onstage, together, as Ike prepares to speak, indorsing Nixon for President.
Americans indulge in a variety of sports. Men enjoy recreational parachuting; various parachutes of different colors seen. Teams playing a game of football on a field in Washington DC with the White House in the background. Female riders on horses at a horse racing or equestrian event. Cowboy places saddle on a horse near a ranch in the west or southwest. Teenage girls saddle horses and clean their horses. People watching a motorcycle motocross race. A family riding horses in a desert with cactus and rock formations nearby. People taking scooter and bicycle rides, including 3 people on one moped or scooter. Man in a suit rides a moped in a city. Children riding a bicycle.
Montage of Americana spanning parts of the 1950s and 1960s. Science and technology in the United States. Scientists work in laboratories and conduct various experiments. Scientists look into microscopes and treat patients with scientific medical equipment. People relax at a beach and amusement park. People watch a baseball game. Spectators from behind the fences watch bucking horses in a rodeo. Playing golf. Ten pin bowling. Motorboats race in water. Water skiing. View at a football game, horse race, basketball game, and Joe Louis boxing. Ice skating with sails. Swimming pool and high dive. 1940s fashion scenes: Juke box; Pegged pants; bobby sox;saddle shoes and dancing to an orchestra. People Square dancing, fishing, throwing horse shoes, playing shuffle board and lunching in backyard. Americans enjoying parks with lakes, swimmers, boaters and lots of park benches, where they sit and relax. Contrasting scenes of poverty in America: poor tenement and slum housing; bread line food relief for the poor; criminals being apprehended by police in paddy wagons; African American and some white American people demonstrate by the reflecting pool near Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC, during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Demonstrators holding signs protesting racism, low wages, and poor housing; and advocating civil rights. Travel by Americans: People boarding an Air France airplane, airport scenes and people boarding a Pan Am (Pan American) passenger jet airplane. Ground level shot between art deco sleek passenger railroad trains in motion. People unload luggage from parked passenger bus. Aerial views of American highways with traffic and lots of mostly 1950s era cars and trucks. View of RV trailer park or camping area. Scene from moving car of undeveloped land and then of city at night with many neon signs for hotels, motels, food, and businesses. Vintage American suburban scenes of families tending their neighborhood yards,cutting their lawns, and raking leaves.