Propaganda Campaign Essay

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The Systematic effort to persuade. The term propaganda first came to use during the 17th century and is still used today. Propaganda was crucial during World War II for the victory of the Allied forces due to its unification of the untouched American home front which created mass production of war goods. Radio broadcasting, films and print advertisements were used to disseminate propaganda in World War II.

During the first world war the US heavily used propaganda to promote their “War to end all wars” campaign and said the war was being fought to make the world safe for democracy. These statements were an illusion to raise patriotism so the government would gain support for the war. these advertisements quickly turned crude when it became
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Common places posters appeared in were factories, school buildings and store windows to promote factory jobs to up the nation’s production of war goods. One of these advertisements had a slogan of "Stop this Monster that Stops at Nothing. PRODUCE to the Limit!" and showed a two headed monster, one head being a Nazi and the other a Japanese holding the statue of liberty in one hand and fighting off American troops with the other and a nearby hand holding a wrench with the inscription “production” which is implied to be the key to winning the war. One of the most iconic posters used were the “I Want You” posters, which were created during World War I and were directed toward recruiting men to join the U.S. army. These posters were revived for the same purpose in the second world war (Propaganda, 2006). Propaganda in the United States was especially needed to built a work for to run the factories so the U.S. could continue with their high demand production since they were relatively the only allied country with an untouched home front. With the men away at war, the government turned to the housewives to uphold the factory jobs. One of the most recognizable female directed propaganda piece is the “We Can Do It” poster, which shows a woman with a bandana in her hair, wearing a denim shirt which is rolled up at the sleeve as she flexes her arm. Children were also influenced by print propaganda. The Little Orphan Annie encouraged children to participate in the war effort, enlisting them as Junior Commandos though

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