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Go to: http://www.firstworldwar.com/posters/usa.htm. This site offers dozens of propaganda images from World War I. Browse through these sets of posters.

What messages did they send to the American people? What themes did they emphasize?

What actions did they promote? Support your answers with specific examples and references.

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The WWI propaganda campaign in the US had to approach new levels of effectiveness, and at times, new levels of truth-stretching. Most of the posters at the site are of the benign type, expressing themes of unity, conservation, financial support or enlistment. Just a year after being re-elected as the peace candidate, Wilson looked to the experts to help him unify the nation's divided emotions.

"The absence of public unity was a primary concern when America entered the war on April 6, 1917. In Washington, unwavering public support was considered to be crucial to the entire wartime effort. On April 13, 1917, Wilson created the Committee on Public Information (CPI) to promote the war domestically while publicizing American war aims abroad. Under the leadership of a muckraking journalist named George Creel, the CPI recruited heavily from business, media, academia, and the art world. The CPI blended advertising techniques with a sophisticated understanding of human psychology, and its ...

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A look at the themes used and messages sent in the American propaganda campaign of WWI. Specific examples are given to support the projected ideas of Woodrow Wilson and the CPI.

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