Propaganda During World War 2 Research Paper

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During World War II, Nazi Germany rose to power under Adolf Hitler’s ruling and utilized different mediums of propaganda such as illustrations, music, and film to portray the Jewish people as greedy and to dehumanize them as rats. Jay W. Baird, a 20th century professor states, “The Jew was a parasite. Not only did he differ from the Aryan race in body, but more significantly in soul, for the Jew has no soul.” The propaganda tactic that best influenced the German people were used in pictures that provided illustrations which commonly portrayed the Jewish people with damaging stereotypes such as showing them with a big nose, angry expression, and sitting on a bag of money. In addition to these antisemitic posters, they were also depicted as …show more content…
On December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor had been attacked by the Empire of Japan. A direct result of this action forced America into war as well as creating a hatred towards Japanese- American citizens. The American people viewed the Japanese as heartless and dangerous, forcing them to live in internment camps fearing that they would try to escape The United States and go to Japan to join them at war. This happened due to the propaganda provided to the public, spreading the word that no Japanese person should be trusted. Also, posters played a huge role in turning the Japanese into the enemy. These interpreted the Japanese as yellow skinned with large teeth who would often attack women and children. Propaganda created in Japan to promote patriotism and unity which in turn, Allied propagandists used to portray the Japanese as a mindless and unified mass. Lynette Finch defined propaganda as the “management of opinions and attitude by the direct manipulation of social suggestion.” In other words, the main point for the use of propaganda is used to influence people psychologically in order to alter social perceptions. America successfully did so by using fear as a …show more content…
During World War II, while the men were away fighting the war, women were left to do many tasks that were considered nontraditional in their standards. They played a critical role during the war according to the National World War II Museum. “Three million women volunteered with the red cross, and over two-hundred-thousand served in the military. Women’s auxiliary branches were created for every branch of the military.” Women were called to serve because they felt it was their duty also because men were off fighting, so they had to fill in these “masculine” positions to keep America running. One of the most famous pieces of propaganda was a poster titled Rosie the Riveter. This was iconic to women, especially those who worked in factories and shipyards. Not only did it motivate women to serve their country, but also to prove that their skills go beyond

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