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.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 17, 2018, 2:30 am ad1c9bdddf
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 ...
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.
Research the definition of propaganda. Notice the historical context in which each piece was created, its intended audience, and how politics and culture influenced its design. Analyze how the designer used different design principles (consider color, space, balance, unity, and more) to convey a certain message. Pay careful attention to what that message was intended to be.
Create a poster using a pre-1950's propaganda style to persuade audiences to do one of the following:
2.Use alternative forms of energy
3.Anti-bullying of high school students
You might wish to research current artist Shepard Fairey for inspiration. Discuss how your composition is similar to the propaganda you have studied