Graphic Propaganda During World War II Research Paper by Nicky

A look at the posters utilized by the United States during World War II.
# 151089 | 1,676 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 21, 2012 in History (U.S. World Wars) , Communication (General)

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The paper explores the reseach on how and why posters were used by the United States during World War II in particular. The paper discusses the different purposes for these posters and finds that they were effective in mobilizing the resources of the nation in winning a total war that might not have been won otherwise. The paper includes several color copies of posters used during WWII.

Review and Discussion

From the Paper:

"Propaganda, as an expression of a specific doctrine, can assume a number of forms, including print media, visual images, statements and other verbal methods, or a consistency in a nation's policies. In practice, though, propaganda generally has a specific purpose and intent and uses a coordinated approach to achieve its goals. In this regard, propaganda is ". . . an attempt or scheme intended for propagating a doctrine or practice. In fact, the Latin root of the word is propagare, which describes the act of transplanting young plant shoots in order to reproduce new plants which will later take on a life of their own." While it may not have been described by this term in ages past, Murphy and White (2007) emphasize that propaganda has been used throughout history during times of war to help instill a sense of purpose and patriotism among a nation's citizenry as well as portraying the enemy as less than human to make the war effort more acceptable and palatable. According to Murphy and White, "Propaganda is any form of communication in support of national objectives designed to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, or behavior of any group in order to benefit the sponsor, either directly or indirectly. Certainly propaganda has been used from time immemorial as a tool in warfare.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Darman, Peter. Posters of World War II: Allied and Axis Propaganda 1939-1945. New York: Metro Books, 2008.
  • Honey, Maureen. Creating Rosie the Riveter: Class, Gender, and Propaganda during World War II. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1984
  • Murphy, Dennis M and James F. White. (2007). "Propaganda: Can a Word Decide a War?" Parameters 37(3): 15-16.
  • Sapre, Erin E. (2004). "Propaganda: Enemies Defined by Race." West Virginia University Philological Papers 51: 91-92.
  • Tashjian, Dickran. (1996). "Art, World War II and the Home Front." American Literary History 8(4): 721-725.

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