View of various store fronts and sign boards in Yorkville, New York. The sign boards read: 'New Dublin Siopa', 'New Dublin Ladies Wear', 'Rohan's Dairy', 'Sullivan's Cafe', 'Irish Meat Market', 'Irish Soda Bread'. A man walks. Irish girl places a newspaper 'Irish Echo' in the paper rack on which is written 'Irish Digest'. Headline of a newspaper reads: 'Ireland wants no war'. Store fronts and signs 'Shamrock Bar', 'Shannon's Cafe' and 'Irish American Cafe'.
Yorkville neighborhood area of Manhattan, New York City, inhabited by Germans around the start of World War 2. Cars parked outside German shops. Traffic along the road. Pedestrians on the sidewalk. A sign reads "Cafe Hindenburg" and another sign for "Rudi's and Maxl's Brau-Haus." Another sign reads "Platzl Dance." Various German signs outside shops and restaurants in Yorkville. Sign board in front of the the "Der Entappenhase" theatre advertises information about the USS Panay sinking incident.
Area inhabited by Germans in New York, United States. German newspapers at a book stall. The exterior of a book store showing German signs. People pass in the foreground. Theatre marquee sign in German at the 86th St Garden Theatre, and at the Europe Theatre. German sign boards in front of shops, including at address 242 for the Yorkville Camera Exchange and the Yorkville Clothes Shop in Upper Manhattan.
Marchers parade on the streets of Manhattan, New York City, to promote support for continuation and expansion of the W.P.A. (Works Projects Administration) part of the New Deal Federal programs enacted in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The parade is led by a group of well-dressed men in business suits. It includes a brass band and many marchers carrying banners and signs. (A boy is knickers, on roller skates scoots about near the front of the parade.) A woman walking alongside the marchers, carrying a canister, solicits contributions from spectators on sidewalks. The following are among the many banners and signs seen: "Workers Alliance-Greater New York"; "Yorkville Workers Alliance"; "On to Washington, January 15th, for the Continuation and Expansion of W.P.A. (Furriers Joint Council)"; "Stop! Mass Lay-offs on WPA (Fur Floor Boys and Shipping Clerks Union)" A big part of the march takes place on 8th Avenue. (A Department of Sanitation worker with broom and barrel on wheels is seen cleaning the edge of street near curb.) A float with popup figures of WPA worker, housewife, and farmer, is seen with another figure holding an ax over the WPA workers head. Writing on the float reads: "A blow to WPA is a blow to all" Finally, view towards backs of marchers is shown, near end of the parade.
World-wide wartime activities during 1941 and 1942. President Roosevelt addresses Congress after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Crowd applauds. Citizens and cars stopped in busy New York listening to the news on the radio being broadcast regarding the declaration of war against Japan. Long queues and lines of civilian men get registered in the U.S. army as recruits are called up. Men taking oath of U.S. military service in New York and Washington DC (on U.S. Capitol steps) and other cities in mass recruitment events. New recruits stand in line in a city to register for U.S. Navy or U.S. Army service. New recruits shown include baseball star Joe Dimaggio, boxer Joe Louis, John Aspinwall Roosevelt (who was President Roosevelt's youngest son), Tyrone Power, Clark Gable, Douglas Fairbanks Junior, and Warren Pershing (son of famed General John Pershing) all seen registering to enter military service. Justice Frank Murphy of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen operating a machine gun during training. Another scene with a mass group of recruits standing and taking an oath of military service.
Audience enters the Town Hall in New York to hear a recital by Marian Anderson on December 30, 1935. Curtains are opened. Marian Anderson stands beside a pianist on the stage. Audience applauds. She sings while the pianist plays. Marian Anderson bows to the audience. Curtains are closed. Two assistants help Marian sit in a chair because she has been performing with a broken ankle. View of the streets in the District of South Philadelphia., Marian's native hometown. Marian's mother Mrs Anna Anderson at her home. Shots of members of the Union Baptist Church passing an offering plate to raise money to aid Marian Anderson. Marian Anderson talks with manager Sol Hurok in dressing room. Marian Sings during another concert. Crowd applauds as she finishes. View of the New York Times showing name of Marian Anderson in the roster list of great American artists. Montage shows Marian's concerts cards, awards received by Marian from city foundations, the Philadelphia Bach Award of 10,000 dollars in 1941. Marian performs outside at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, USA on Easter Sunday April 9, 1939. Thousands in attendance at the concert as she sings My Country Tis of Thee.