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.
Opening scene shows the White House in Washington, DC. Scene shifts to President Roosevelt seated, ready to address the Nation by radio. View of the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. FDR with his entire family posing, in front of the family home "Springwood" at Hyde Park, New York. Roosevelt, when Governor of New York, seen in a sail boat, in 1929. FDR in his car at his Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Georgia. He is speaking with a man associated with the Institute, who then greets several polio victims in wheel chairs there. Crowds celebrating Roosevelt's election, in Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, in 1932. Roosevelt, at the Democratic Headquarters at the Biltmore Hotel on November 8, 1932. He is standing, supported by his son James, as he remarks: "It looks my friends like a real landslide this time." Aerial view of the U.S. Capitol. FDR taking the oath of office on March 4, 1933. A man looking at stock market ticker tape. A group of people raising a National Recovery Administration member flag. Glimpse of "Springwood" and then view of President Roosevelt sitting next to his mother, Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt. Next, as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt sit in the garden, their grandchildren, Anna Eleanor Dall ("Sistie") and Curtis Roosevelt Dall ("Buzzie") come past riding horses, with granddaughter Sara, behind them on a pony. FDR pets the pony and talks with Sara. FDR being nominated for a second term as President, in the 1936 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. President Roosevelt, riding in an inaugural motorcade as he begins an unprecedented 4th term as President in 1941. Glimpse of President and Mrs. Roosevelt in an open car. West point cadets marching in the inaugural parade. Military trucks towing artillery pieces in the parade. President Roosevelt speaking at the dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association at the Willard hotel in Washington, DC, March 15, 1941. He extols the virtues of Winston Churchill and the British people. And he promises that America will supply them with the war materiel they need (This is known as the Lend Lease Speech.)