The Washington Redskins Pro football team members in training for their season-opening game with the College All Stars. The team members perform various drills. Two players hold a barrel with no top or bottom as the quarterback throws the ball through it. Players kick field goals. A player kicks the football off the nose of a fellow player laying on his back. A coach sprays water from a hose on team members while they are lying on the ground. A flag of the United States in the background.
Statue of Lincoln sitting on a chair in Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, United States. Memorial Day parade including "The Boys in Blue", Union soldiers,veterans of the Civil War, in uniform, followed by Boy Scouts. Setting changes to Gettysburg battle field in Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania at the 1938 Gettysburg Reunion, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the battle in the American Civil War. Surviving Union and Confederate veterans reach across stone wall known as "the angle" to shake hands (average age 94 years old). Civil war veterans salute at the unveiling of the Peace Memorial monument, near a cannon. A Civil War Union soldier places flowers on a bed in the room where Abraham Lincoln wrote his famous 'Gettysburg Address'. He salutes and looks at a copy of Lincoln's handwritten speech, displayed on the wall. Civil War veterans sit around a camp fire, some in wheelchairs. One of them waves a Confederate Battle flag.
United States Joint Chiefs of staff pose for formal portrait in Washington D.C., United States. Joint Chiefs of Staff seated at the table for a formal portrait. Officers seated at the table from the left; General Fred C. Weyand, United states Army, General David C. Jones. United States Air Force, General George S. Brown, United States Air force, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Admiral James L. Holloway, United States Navy, General Robert E. Cushman, United states Marine Corps, Operations deputies stand in the background. Lieutenant General Donald H. Cowles, United States Army, Lieutenant Huyser, United States Air Force, Vice Admiral Train, United states Navy, Vice Admiral Tailey, United States Navy, Lieutenant General Beckington, United States Marine corps. United States Secretary of Defense, James R. Schlesinger, Deputy Secretary William P. Clements and Joint Chiefs of Staff at a conference table. Secretary Schlesinger smokes a pipe and speaks to General Brown. A man clicks a picture.
Opening scene shows U.S. State Department officials of the Division of the American Republics in a meeting. They examine a map titled "Inter-American Highway" showing a proposed highway running from the border of the U.S. and Mexico at Laredo Texas, all the way through Mexico, Latin America, and into South America. View of South American farmers loading hay into a horse cart, then of cattle in a stockyard being herded by a cowboy on a horse. Aerial view of city of Rio de Janeiro Brazil circa 1938. Narrator discusses threat of dictatorships in countries of South America. Views of German ships and German contracted ships loading and unloading at Buenos Aires harbor. Narrator describes system of barter where Argentina sends goods to Germany in exchange for German-made goods. Swastika flag on one of the cargo ships. Dock crane with German sign "Deutsche Maschinenfabrik A.G. Duisburg". Letters on side of a ship reads 'Buenos Aires Maru'. Supplies unloaded from ship. Cargo stacked including wooden boxes with German writing labeled "Vorsicht - San Paulo Brasilien". In a Latin American or South American city, view of the storefront for luxury goods by Herm Stoltz & Co. A Nazi German flag hangs above the store entrance. Fine leather goods, cameras, figurines, steins, etc from Germany are shown in store window displays. View of Nazi German books on display in storefronts, including closeup of translated book "Mein Kampf" ("Mi Lucha") by Adolf Hitler, bearing an image of Hitler on front cover. A German passenger aircraft parked at an airfield, which narrator describes as being part of a German airline offering service to South America within two days of Berlin, Germany. More German airplanes are shown at an airport in South America. View of government offices in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Large crest with a bird atop an entrance. Interior office view of President Getúlio Vargas of Brazil seated in discussion with American diplomats. Narrator indicates that Vargas learned of German colonists in Brazil planning his overthrow by assassination, and therefore outlawed all Nazi activity. Poster of Vargas communicating his policies. Scene switches to exterior view of the State, War, and Navy Building (later the Executive Office Building) in Washington DC, with the First Division Monument in the foreground. Interior view of office door bearing sign for Under Secretary of State. Inside, Sumner Welles is seen in discussion with officials. He is asked about the American attitude toward Latin America. Welles describes the importance of strengthening ties between the countries of the Americas. Under Secretary Welles states that the welfare of all of the countries in the region may depend on their continued solidarity.
Men load a DC-3 airplane with mail bags. Transport truck brings more mail. 1918 Map of United States connects New York with Washington. 1923, 1928, 1933 and 1938 maps show further connections: Chicago, Salt Lake, San Francisco and other destinations. Men load mail bags on a plane. The DC-3 plane takes off. Dirigible in background.
Baseball events in 1938 in the United States. Closeup of Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds followed by scenes of him pitching during his two back-to-back no-hitters against the Boston Red Sox and the Brooklyn Dodgers, respectively. Spectators seated in the stands. Legendary baseball player, George Herman "Babe" Ruth, now a Brooklyn Dodger coach, is seen donning a Dodger uniform. He hits a ball on the sidelines during warmups. View of fans seated in the stands. Baseball team New York Yankees in its dugout during the 1938 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Yankees defeat Cubs. New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy shakes hands with Chicago Cubs Manager Gabby Hartnett after New York wins the World Series in four games straight. New York Mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia, is seen in a box seat, wearing a large-brimed hat. He holds his nose and waves a hand in distain. The spectators in the stands cheer. From a September 16, 1963 newsreel featuring events from 25 years earlier.