Two years after the end of World War II, many people in France and Italy were still ill-fed. Washington newspaper columnist Drew Pearson decided to launch a program that would help feed those who were those still hungry in these countries and other places in western Europe. It would not be a government program like the Marshall Plan. Rather, it would be a people-to-people effort, with contributions from individuals. Pearson met with the Association of American Railroads; steamship lines; leaders of labor and agricultural groups; radio and the press; and the motion picture industry. He persuaded them to publicize the program and to donate their time and facilities to transport the foodstuffs that would be collected. The result was the Friendship Train. This short film documents the Friendship Train's voyage from Hollywood across the country to New York City, as well as the initial delivery of food in France and Italy. The journey began on 27 October 1947, and ended in New York City on ... Written by
David Glagovsky <email@example.com>
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This is a glimpse into the very heart of America - a record of what American men, women and children did in true friendship to give hope and strength to the famine-driven peoples of Europe. No pleas, no urging, no promptings rallied these people to meet the cry of need. United by the common bond of human sympathy they responded with a mighty volume of food and a priceless cargo of good will. This is in thanks to the hundreds and thousands and millions who joined...
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America, the Beautiful
Written by Katharine Lee Bates
and Samuel A. Ward
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Played during the New York City parade and City Hall ceremony See more