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- Documents the tragic poverty of families in the southern mountains, the poor land, the lack of proper diet, inadequate housing, absence of sanitation, and the complete lack of adaptation of the school program to the local situation. Related title: "The children must learn"
- Presents a documentary study of an important factor in the problem of unemployment--that of workers displaced by automatic machinery. Tells the story of a typical American steel town in the 1920's and 1930's. The commentator, speaking as the town mayor, follows the development of the town and its people, whose lives have been bound up in the fortunes of the steel mill.