A history of home construction and architectural styles in the U.S. Emphasizes the homestead as symbolic of American values and national character. "The American farmstead, stronghold of human liberty —its history and social significance. This film presents views of many historic rural homes, from New England to California; points out that they have all been created and maintained by a lavish expenditure of sweat and elbow grease, and that the farm home is of prime importance in our civilization. Of general interest, with a special appeal to students of rural domestic architecture" (Motion Picture of the United States Department of Agriculture, 1945, 22). Includes scenes of New England colonial homes, the Georgian houses of the Chesapeake region, Monticello, Dutch colonial styles of Pennsylvania and the Hudson Valley, the Linnear House of Madison, IN, Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, the Uncle Sam Plantation in Louisiana, and the Spanish Haciendas of the southwest.