Essay on Canadian Propaganda During World War II

1022 Words Apr 29th, 2015 5 Pages
World War II was a horrible event that included many important nations of the world, including Canada, but the war was not just fought in Europe; there was a more clever battle being fought on the homefront with Canadian propaganda. Propaganda persuaded Canadians to contribute to the war through victory bonds. Propaganda was used to recruit soldiers and female workers, which helped many unemployed Canadians who were victims of the Great Depression. As well, the government campaigns to increase support for the war effort, that relied heavily on posters to spread their message, were very successful. Canadian propaganda was effective during World War II, as it stimulated support for the war economy after the Great Depression.
Propaganda persuaded Canadians to contribute to the war through victory bonds. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, “There were 9 Victory Loans dating from 15 June 1941 to 1 November 1945, having total cash sales of almost $12 billion, about 52% from corporations and the rest from individuals”. Canada was highly impacted by the Great Depression, therefore when War World II started in 1939, the country was in no means economically ready for it. As a result of that, the Canadian government was searching for an appeal to finance the war, hence victory bonds. However, most citizens were still struggling and were not in the right circumstances to contribute to the war. This is why a great deal of the Canadian propaganda was dedicated to getting citizens to…

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