The Influence Of Propaganda In World War II

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America’s contribution to World War II was caused by the increase in patriotic morale due to their influenced perspectives on the war. With censorship and approval from the American government, propaganda specifically advertised a certain point-of-view. Therefore, Americans were fed to believe what they see and trust publicized propaganda. Propaganda played a significant role through stimulating visuals and slogans that degraded or encouraged relationships with other nations. Propaganda promoted views on the war, allowing nationalism to emerge within America. The exchange of ideas through propaganda during World War II influenced American perspectives, altering views on the war, the opinions of foreign nations, and encouraging Americans to …show more content…
The illustration or film being used to persuade its audience always had a biased view. This allowed the audience to be influenced to support the side that the creator of the propaganda encouraged. “To be effective, these posters depended on symbols that would be recognizable and readily understood by their viewers…”(Propaganda Posters: World War II). This allows a large variety of audiences to decode the message behind the illustrations. This all these posters and films used as propaganda, it has become a normal environment for American citizens during the mid 1800’s. “Our environments… will put a boundary on those abilities we are all born with…we will have far different views on things due to how our socio-cultural environments shape our learning.”(Meter and Minnaugh). According to neuro-anthropology studies, it is proven that one’s environment can influence the perspectives of people, specifically demonstrated during World War II. Propaganda became a norm in daily life due to being surrounded by it, therefore, made an impact on American perspectives through the exchange of …show more content…
Using propaganda to advertise the war is different from using propaganda as slam towards another country. One of the countries that were targeted was obviously Germany. Although many of the posters illustrated Hitler, they intended much more than just defense against him. In the illustration “Insure Your Home Against Hitler”, Hitler is depicted to express anger and evil (“Insure Your Home Against Hitler”). Although only Hitler is shown in the image, the message about foreign countries and their “dangers” spreads throughout American society. The idea that all Germans are automatically evil and heartless develops through these visuals presented in propaganda. “Seeing negativity in the media could affect the way we live our lives and feel emotions but this effect will only be enhanced by our limits and boundaries.” ( Meter, Minnaugh) This statement proves how being surrounded by negative propaganda towards other countries can psychologically alter one’s way of thinking. The propaganda creates an environment full of negativity which spreads from one person to another eventually changing every individual’s mindset to conform to expectations and the expectation presented in the propaganda is what to expect from every German. This eventually drives the nation into a unification of ideas, thus allowing them to fight for

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