In 1936, the United States was recovering from the Great Depression. Unemployment continued to fall to 16.9% while Hitler and the Nazi Party was growing in strength in Germany. The Olympics was held in Germany in 1936 and Hitler was very disappointed when Jesse Owens won the gold and broke many track records. (Click to see a film of Hilter watching the Olympics that was narrated by Jesse Owens.)
Many of the men in this film on the streets of New York city in 1936 would soon be called up to serve in World War II.