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Protestors against the Vietnam War during 1971 May Day rally in Washington DC; police arrest demonstrators.

Scenes from May 1, 1970 Mayday anti-war rally in Washington DC, by civil disobedience groups organized against the Vietnam War, including the National Peace Action Coalition. Ground level view of U.S. Capitol building as seen from National Mall. Views among 3000 protestors gathered on the steps and grounds of the U.S. Capitol, described as radicals by the narrator. Crowd cheering and yelling and displaying signs. A hippie man in top hat displays a rude finger gesture to the camera and yells. He appears to be holding a hand rolled joint or cigarette. Protestors, some shirtless, dance, sway, and yell in scenes of general chaos. A protestor with a vulgar word painted on his forehead. View of police in riot gear helmets with shields as they watch the crowd. Close-up views of faces of demonstrators on U.S. Capitol steps. Police begin to forcibly pick up and drag away protestors who have been ordered to disperse. Protestors stay limp and heavy making it difficult and slow for police to remove them and arrest them. View of a peace demonstrator carrying a young child with a painted forehead. Police load arrested protestors into a bus. Police officer crushes small white disks into powder on ground outside bus. Scenes after the protest of routine traffic of cars, taxi cabs, and pedestrians on streets of Washington DC in National Mall area, including Pennsylvania Avenue, and near various federal buildings. Citizens in 1970s fashions crossing the street. 1960s and 1970s cars on the roads. View of office workers and pedestrians on sidewalk in Washington DC going to or from work. A small protest gathering in the distance behind the workers. View of protestors gathered and assembling. Assorted views of police officers near a crowd of demonstrators. Police drag a protestor down the steps of a federal building. The protestor nods her head and shows peace signs with both hands as she is hauled away.

Date: 1971, May 1
Duration: 3 min 21 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Elements of ordinary life in America that are captured in statistics and reports of the U.S. Census Bureau.

View of houses in an American residential neighborhood area in the suburbs, from low-flying airplane. Crowded street scene in a major city with black and white pedestrians walking on sidewalk in typical 1970s fashions. A public school No. 2. Yellow school buses carrying children. African American family with small children boarding a bus. A group of white people walking appearing to be a grandmother, her son, and three grandchildren. People enjoying a day in a park. African American woman standing near a large upright computer tape tape machine. She presses something on the machine to operate it. House with a "for sale" sign in the suburbs. A man opening the door of a 1969 or 1970 Ford Pinto car at a car sales dealership. Various report documents of the U.S. Census Bureau are displayed. Cattle being unloaded from a farmer's truck. A farmer cultivating a field, using a tractor. Views of State and Municipal Government buildings, including a view of the Justice Department in Washington DC, and including people entering and leaving the Compton, California City Hall building. Highway sign reading: "Leaving West Georgia Soil & Water Conservation District." Others, reading: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Silver Spring Branch Office," and "Wakefield County Park, Fairfax County Park Authority," "District of Columbia, Storm Sewer Vicinity, 14th St. & Kentucky Ave. S.E," and "Harford County Metropolitan Commission, Water Transmission System." A late 1960s car approaching a toll booth on a highway. A policeman directing traffic. Several medical personnel in whites, walking on hospital grounds. A railroad worker. A teacher posting a notice on door, at a school, as school girls behind him try to read the posting. A steel mill with smoke rising from tall stacks. Cars parked outside of Lasalle College New Athletic Facilities construction sign. A Washington DC police car patrolling a city street. Cars parked bumper-to-bumper along a city street.

Date: 1970
Duration: 1 min 51 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
President Nixon presides over the 1970 Christmas tree lighting ceremony, in Washington, DC

Opening scene shows a large crowd in a rain storm, gathering on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC. Almost all carry or share colorful umbrellas. Scene shifts to s choir on a covered stage and President Richard Nixon standing at a podium on an adjacent stage. The gathered audience is unprotected except by their umbrellas. On the stage with the President are Mrs. Nixon and daughters Tricia Nixon and Julie Eisenhower. In his preliminary remarks, the President mentions the weather, saying, "I know we want to express our very grateful appreciation to the Mormon Choir and to the Friends University Symphonic Choir for their participation and particularly under the rather adverse weather conditions which I know are very hard for those of you here in the audience." Camera focuses on the choir members. Next, a Girl Scout, in uniform, speaks at the podium. She is followed by a boy scout who also makes some remarks. President Nixon then delivers a Christmas message, saying that the nation could look forward to the end of the war. The President then steps down from the stage, to where several children have their hands raised in hopes of being selected to assist in the tree lighting. Nixon reaches down and picks up five-year-old Andre Proctor of Washington, D.C., saying, "he's the smallest child here." The President speaks with the boy about what they are going to do, as members of the audience watch from under their umbrellas. Next, the Christmas tree lights are seen, from a distance as they turn on, illuminating the area. Camera focuses and pans over the many lights on the tree. The President and his family are seen on the stage, as the camera pans over the choirs, audience, and the Christmas tree.

Date: 1970, December 16
Duration: 2 min 10 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
People at a club dancing to band music and men at a construction site in Washington DC, United States.

People in Washington DC, United States. A man playing a guitar during a performance in a club. View of people dancing in the club. Fashions and hippie hair styles seen are 1970's typical of the time. A band performing on a stage and people at a dance floor. The members of the band singing and playing instruments. Several views of the band performing. 'Montage' written on the backdrop of the stage. A man holding a bunch of balloons on a path. Neck ties displayed for sale on a stand on a sidewalk, with a shop advertising Water Beds in the background. Various views of young adult people in 1970s fashions and long hair hippie styles. People walking past the tie stand. A man and a woman seated on the sidewalk talking. People at a park. A woman smoking a cigarette. A few people seated on a grassy ground. A girl reading a book. Office workers in a public park enjoying nice weather and a lunch break. A man lying down with his face covered with a newspaper. People seated at tables at an open restaurant. Beer in a glass and wine served in wine glasses. People eating food and drinking wine at the restaurant. A group of construction workers wearing hard hat helmets standing on a federal or office building under construction. A worker wheeling a cart loaded with construction material. Construction material walls being lifted on cranes on to the building. A man with welding equipment performs welding on the building. View of the Benjamin Banneker Overlook Park fountain at L'Enfant Plaza. Office workers, pedestrians, and two children walk beside the running fountain. People seated on the steps and surrounding area in the park. Two girls walking on a path beside the steps leading down to the fountain. View again of the band musicians playing in the club and people applauding the musicians at the end of the performance. Overall, the footage is like an early music video.

Date: 1972
Duration: 2 min 47 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: None
 
 
Description of American demographics in 1970 emphasizing diversity of backgrounds and cultures

Animated map assembles sections of the United States of America reflecting various kinds of inhabitants. A woman of Native American Indian origins weaves a straw hat as a young boy plays nearby. Sign outside a building identifying the "Slovak Political Benefial Assn." Other signs on seen on different buildings include: "Polish Army Veterans Association of America;" "Ukrainian American Youth Association;" and "Germantown Hospital." A brass plate on a building reading: "English-Speaking Union." Asian-American school girls, and a Japanese-American man with a boy. View of a wood carving in ancient African style. A street scene showing many Hispanic Americans, and commercial signs in Spanish. A group of new American citizens at a naturalization ceremony,each receiving a small American flag. Animated map shown again, indicating the geographical distribution of Americans in the U.S. First it shows areas where citizens live near water, either the oceans, Gulf of Mexico, or the Great Lakes. Montage of urban scenes showing some of the cities where most Americans live. The Massachusetts State House in Boston. New York City street scene with the Empire State Building in background. City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Capitol in Washington, DC

Date: 1970
Duration: 1 min 55 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Anti-war protestors rally at U.S. Capitol against the war in Vietnam, organized by National Peace Action Coalition

April 24, 1971 rally organized by the National Peace Action Coalition against the Vietnam War, held in Washington DC. Feet with shoes and 1970s fashion pants legs of peace marchers on streets of Washington DC. Hippie protestors holding the North Vietnamese flag and the flag of the Vietcong National Liberation Front and yelling chants against the war. Reporter sitting atop a truck photographs the marching crowd of anti-war citizens. A sign reads "Veterans". Protestors seen marching from the White House to the U.S. Capitol. Narrator indicates that protestors are also highlighting civil rights issues. Aerial view of U.S. Capitol building. Protestors crossing mall lawn areas. Elevated view of densely packed crowd on Mall grounds. Demonstrators cheering and yelling and shaking their fists. Police and officials lean against U.S. Capitol walkway railings and observe the crowd. Some protestors are seen perched on limbs of a tree, and the tree is moving as the crowd swings the tree back and forth. Crowd seated around a flag made of red flowers. Crowd waving Vietcong flag. Some protestors seen scaling a wooden fence barrier on the Capitol grounds.

Date: 1971, April 24
Duration: 1 min 24 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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