The United States of America in 1917. A huge crowd on the streets of a city in the United States. A motorcade proceeds on a road. People on either side of the road wave U.S. flags and cheer. French General Joseph Joffre accompanied by officials walks through a crowd (likely New York City on "Joffre Day," May 11, 1917). A large number of people on the sides wave flags. French General Joseph Joffre is celebrated during the early days of American involvement in World War I. Scene changes to the dome of the United States Capitol building in Washington DC. People outside the building. A Ford motor car arrives. Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, with officials. Henry Ford and Speaker of the House, Congressman James Beauchamp Clark ("Champ") seen seated and talking on a balcony of the United States Capitol building. Officials and dignitaries come down the steps of the Capitol and pose for pictures. The officials conversing. Among them is Thomas Edison who shakes hands with Congressman Clark. The dignitaries leave in an automobile. Next scene shows suffrage and pacifist leader Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, (the first woman congressional representative in the United States) holding flowers, with other suffragette women in a carriage. Policemen maintain order among the crowd of anti-war pacifists outside the building. Two horsemen arrive outside the building. Men and women stand in a group outside.
Glimpse of the U.S. Capitol dome. Members of Congress and associated staff and other persons are seen gathering in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC , on April 2, 1917,. for the first session of the 65th U.S. Congress of the United States (following a special session in March). Many people sit on the steps and others gather in clusters. Scene shifts to Jeannette Rankin, Republican representative from Montana, and the first woman elected to Congress. She and a man are trying to unfold a large American flag before the camera. Soon two more men help and they hold the flag spread out as Representative Rankin poses in front of it. Next, James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark, Democratic representative from Missouri (who would be elected Speaker of the House) shakes hands with James Robert Mann, Republican representative from Illinois, who served as House Minority Leader from 1911-1919. Elsewhere in Washington, Jeannette Rankin stands with suffragist Carrie Catt, in the back of an open car in front of the Washington D.C. headquarters of the National Woman's Suffrage Association. Rankin holds a bouquet of flowers. An American flag is displayed nearby. Next the car is seen pulling away, causing Rankin to fall back and sit, from where she was standing, in the back seat. Two more cars full of women follow. A cordon of police officers begins to move a crowd back, and two mounted policemen direct people away from the Capitol buildings. (Note: In this first session of the 65th Congress , on April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declaration war on Germany.)
President Wilson leaves the White House and proceeds up Pennsylvania Avenue to arrive at the Capitol in Washington D. C., United States. President wilson addresses the Congress to declare war against Germany.
Various landmarks in Hood Canal region in Washington, United States. Women on deck of the trim steamer ship S.S. Potlatch (active 1912-1917; scrapped 1937). View from ship of wooded shoreline areas in Hood Canal. Men and women aboard the ferry ship. Homes, dock areas are seen. Wooded shoreline in the background. Snow covered mountains of the Olympic Peninsula in the background, including Mount Olympus. A row boat approaches the ship. Views from ship as it heads northward through the Puget Sound to the San Juan Islands. Close views of the San Juan Islands shorelines seen from the moving S.S. Potlatch.
A U.S. arms manufacturing in World War 1. Hundreds of workers seen at shift change, waiting for their respective trolley cars passing on tracks between arms manufacturing plant's buildings. Women at work on metal working machines in an arms factory. Racks of Browning Automatic Rifles (Rifle, Caliber .30, Automatic, Browning, M1918) are being moved about. Assemblers are seen hand fitting parts for the Browning M1917 water cooled machine gun. One man makes final assembly adjustments to one of the machine guns set up on tripod in the factory. He enjoys firing the Browning M1917 machine gun. (Note:The M1917 and M1918 BAR were manufactured by numerous American arms makers. Colt, Remington, Marlin, Royal typewriter, Winchester. Most of the M1917 machine guns were manufactured by New England Westinghouse.)
WWI draft and mobilization activities in 1917-1918. United States Secretary of War, Newton D Baker at his office in Washington DC, United States. He works on a Man Power Bill to make military registration compulsory for previously registered men between the ages of 18 and 45.