General of U.S. Army, Douglas MacArthur introduced by Senator James Eastland, addresses the Mississippi State Legislature.
Jackson Mississippi USA Date:1952, March 22 Duration:4 min 4 sec Sound:Yes
General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur, in uniform, salutes as a band plays the U.S. National Anthem. He is standing before a battery of microphones, on the steps of the State Legislature in Jackson, Mississippi, next to U.S. Senator, James O. Easland. Scene shifts forward to Senator Eastland delivering a speech of introduction for MacArthur (who had been relieved of his commands, 11 months earlier, by President Harry S. Truman). MacArthur places his notes on the podium and the crowd gives him sustained applause. MacArthur begins by thanking Eastland for the introduction, and addresses the members of the State legislature and citizens of Mississippi. He praises the traditions and contributions of the South to the Country. Film stops momentarily and picks up again as MacArthur says America stands at a crossroads, where one path follows to the principals and ideals upon which rested our country's past grandeur. He says on the other lies the arbitrary rule of men leading to the ultimate loss of constitutional liberty. View of crowd applauding. MacArthur criticizes weakness and vacillation as undermining America's moral leadership of the world. He criticizes U.S. Government domestic spending and reckless dissipation of America's national assets. Intermittent views of crowd receptive to his remarks. He remarks about U.S. Government "propaganda," and quotes Benjamin Franklin, saying "A half truth is often a great lie."
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