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>> the north atlantic treaty organization was founded on april 4, 1949 with 12 members. "the atlantic community" is a series of 20-minute films produced between 1954 and 1956 and financed by the u.s. government. they were designed to familiarize nato member countries with the culture, history, industries, tourist attractions, and military contributions of their partners.
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next on "reel america," from 1956, introducing the united states. the opening and closing titles are in spanish but the narration is in english. ♪ narrator: to this land, they
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have been coming for over 300 years. peoples of europe. england, ireland, scotland, scandinavia, the lowlands, germany, switzerland, france, spain, portugal, italy, greece, turkey, eastern and central europe. they and their descendents tamed the wilderness and created one nation, the united states of america. memorials mark the first
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settlements on the atlantic coast. boston was founded in 1630. here, the declaration of independence was read from the balcony of old statehouse. like other bustling cities of america, boston has quiet er corners. landmarks like the flower market give it a reassuring sense of tradition and time. harvard university is just over 300 years old, the first to be founded in this young country.
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200 miles southwest, new york city is a world by itself. once a small dutch village, it is now a giant with 1000 buildings reaching to the sky, a gateway to the united states. america's 166 million people place their interest rate in many nations. the diversity of their talents have enriched the country. through them, an area almost the size of europe was united within one border and made to prosper. a fast express train takes three days to cross the united states
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from ocean to ocean, past farmlands spread out as far as the eye can see. past cities and industrial centers. in the west, the open prairie and the foothills of the rocky mountains. cowboys round up their cattle. dams harness the great rivers. churches mark the pioneers' faith. the vastness of their country inspired the american people to
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do many things boldly. they had a large land to settle. they pioneered from new york to san francisco, from the atlantic to the pacific. the united states grew behind vast oceans to east and west with friendly neighbors to north and south. on the canadian border, the only canon our historic relics. both countries have a feeling of security in the north american continent. today, the united nations headquarters stands in new york, a daily reminder of the need for nations to work together for peace. to help secure that piece, the united states joined the 15 nation nato. membership in nato was never an issue for the american people. voters from both political parties strongly supported the alliance.
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in 1952, they elected president a man who played a vital royal in europe, do dwight d. eisenhower. as supreme commander, he led the allied armies in the liberation of europe. for the second time in a generation, american boys joined his -- in the call for freedom. ♪ they went home, repelling aggression in europe and asia. their country sought to help them resume a peaceful life. schools opened their doors to millions of veterans. ever since it began, the united states has seen a constant growth of education.
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a high school diploma is almost taken for granted. every year, two point 5 million students enroll in the universities and professionals. -- professional schools. many of the young men who fought in north africa and normandy went back to the farms. they went back to working the earth and the quiet rhythm of the seasons. they reaffirmed their spiritual values, different faiths living side-by-side and mutual respect in the belief that many are the ways to god. americans have a keen sense of fraternity. should a neighbors livelihood be
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jeopardized, they are quick to lend their labor and time to help rebuild. this tradition stems from the days of the pioneers. it is this same trait that move the american people to come to the aid of their neighbors
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overseas after the war. under the marshall plan, they sent food, supplies, machinery and a national effort to help world recovery. with europe, america has bonds of kinship. to preserve their common freedom, the nato alliance was formed. u.s. forces left for europe to stand with their allies as guardians of his. their contribution to the ground forces in europe has helped fixed divisions. ♪ nato neville headquarters in virginia points up role of the u.s. navy and helping to guard the sea lanes between north america and europe. ♪ on patrol is the world's first atomic powered some brain, the knot list.
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a vital factory of allied long power is jets, and opposing array of these planes back up the strength of nato. to them, airmen train. ♪ u.s. planes substitute helicopters for landing barges. constant innovation makes the united states a strong ally. the united states contributes
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also to the civilian direction of nato. to bolster this effort for collective defense, the resources and resolve of the american people expressed by their elected representatives in congress. their hope is that behind the shields of nato, the atlantic community can build a better world for all. to that end, the united states is sharing with other nations it's knowledge of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. as president eisenhower has said, the atomic age must become the blessing, not the curse of mankind. atomic energy is already producing electric power as in this experimental plant in the
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state of idaho. the use of nuclear energy means further progress in almost every field of science. it seems certain that peace in this atomic era can lift mankind to new heights of well-being. meanwhile, conventional natural resources continue to serve the atlanta community. the united states produces nearly half of the world petroleum. another contribution is the abundance made possible by modern farming techniques. new methods have made the miners drop safer and more rewarding. the more advanced mines have become highly mechanized, underground factories. 1200 blast furnaces have a capacity of 130 million tons of steel year. what makes for america's record output?
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it's not only her natural resources. mass production, concert monitored station, and the search for new techniques. today, 94 percent of heavy industrial labor is done by machines. the manufacturing industry serves a large internal market and supplies a sizable output
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for world trade. the machine has increase the individual worker skill, giving him time and opportunity to develop special talents. america's working men and women are the first to benefit from her economy. collective bargaining by labor and management assures a fair
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sharing of the national income. since the war, 10 million families have moved into new homes, home ownership the suburbs. after a hard days work, a man looks forward to a home he can be proud of. it's a time to settle down to the joys of family life, the quiet intimate hours of the home, the children forever asking for just one more story. on holidays, families take to the roads. in the spring and summer, they see their favorite baseball teams in action. this port is sometimes called the national pastime. in the fall, americans go to football games. their brand is different than soccer but to them it is just as exciting. a man likes to go off by himself, too. that makes the day a perfect one. on days off, many like to put her their gardens. just taking it easy. it's a good day to go on a picnic in one of the many public parks. ♪ for leisure or study, there are public libraries. there are many of them in america and they are an
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important part of the nation's cultural life. ♪ there's a vigorous contemporary american literature and among u.s. readers, a widespread appreciation of foreign writers past and present. american art flourishes in a climate of freedom and exuberance. typically, there is much participation in this field. amateur and professional interest is widespread. u.s. communities sponsor hundreds of symphony orchestras that fight with one another to support music of all kinds. ♪ it is in music that americans find their closest kinship with the culture of the old world. ♪ when that music was written, most of america was wilderness. ♪
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it is in music that americans find their closest kinship with the culture of the old world. ♪ when that music was written, most of america was wilderness. ♪
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the people who settled the wilderness came from europe. this is what they built. chicago. the trait. minneapolis. st. paul. st. louis. new orleans. pittsburgh. the united states is young as nations go.
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fortunate in what it has been able to accomplish in such a few years. ♪ it owes much to older traditions and ideals, to concepts of freedom in law given fresh meeting on new soil. among these principles is the echoing resolve of abraham lincoln. that a government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth. ♪ ♪
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