Propaganda During The World War II Essay

1174 Words Mar 10th, 2016 5 Pages
The history of the United States is riddled with military engagements and warfare. From the inception of this country to the present day, the world knows the United States as a militaristic power. The 20th century was a particularly tumultuous time in which the United
States participated in many military conflicts including World War I, World War II, the Korean
War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and several other smaller or unofficial engagements. The use of propaganda acts as a common thread that ties all these military actions together. Countries rely on propaganda during wartime for a variety of reasons. Among other things, propaganda can motivate soldiers to fight, instill a strong hatred for the enemy, or drum up support on the home front for the war effort. Propaganda is a key tool utilized by warring nations, and it can often be the difference between winning and losing a war. The United States is no exception to the rule that propaganda helps win wars. If used ineffectively, however, propaganda may end up costing a country the war. Susan Brewer summed up the importance of analyzing war time propaganda when she wrote:
The question to consider about official propaganda is how closely what people are told aligns with the government’s objectives. Does it illuminate or obscure the actual war aims? The fundamental issue after all is the worthiness of the policy. As we will see, propaganda can promote a legitimate war such as World War II or a flawed conflict such…

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