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Film and Propaganda had a major effect during the Vietnam War. It was in every ones daily lives in forms of magazines, posters, commercials, and other forms of media. Propaganda is used to promote a point of view or political stance but can sometimes can be misleading. Interpreting propaganda can be a dangerous thing because it isn’t always truthful and can sway the viewer into a bias point of view. The propaganda that influenced the Vietnam War the most were in forms of movies, magazine articles and posters.
During the Second World War, the United States governmnet used a tool called propaganda to motivate, unite, and justify war-goals to the American public. The poster constituted propaganda that was seen throughout the nation. A majority of posters were produced by an organization called the Office of War Information which used various images to persuade and reinforce the messages of the government. Each poster, designed by different artists highlighted specfic themes such as bond-buying or rationing.
This exhibit displays the various styles and themes of OWI posters during the Second World War. How do you feel concerning the individual poster? Can you decipher how the poster contributed to American propaganda as a whole?
Throughout the course of history we have seen various forms of propaganda to try and push a, typically political, agenda to a mass amount of people. In this paper we will explore the many forms used by The United States throughout the course of World War II. The Americans used many forms of media at hand whether it was film, posters, comic books, and more. From the iconic Rosie the Riveter to Uncle Sam, even today we still recognize and honor propaganda from decades before us. Though many of these forms of propaganda spawned immense patriotism and nationalism throughout the country, they also sparked more racism and stereotyping that would spread like wildfire across the country. Despite all of this, the propaganda machine played a major role in winning the war for us at home as well as the war abroad.