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Uses the experiences of three different American cities to examine "how democracy is doing in the midst of war." Shows how workers in each of the cities solved wartime living problems in 1944: a dock worker in Norfolk, Virginia moved his family to an unfinished housing development to be closer to the shipyards where they help set up a new school; workers at an automobile plant in Detroit, who got around the housing shortage by purchasing mobile homes where the close quarters make it hard for night-shift workers to sleep during the day, build a recreational center for local children; and in Ogden, Utah civilians worked all day on Sunday to help out the Army's stockyards. In all three instances the film connects these current activities with touchstones of rural American culture including pioneer settlers and barn dances.
U.S. Office of War Information Bureau of Motion Pictures
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Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States; Detroit, Michigan; Ogden City, Utah