War I And World War II

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Throughout the history of the United States, the American government has employed many propaganda techniques, usually during times of war and hardships, to evoke an intended reaction from Americans. "Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist.” To control the public during difficult times, the government heavily utilized propaganda. The wars that propaganda was most prominently employed in were World War I and World War II. Propaganda, specifically in World War I and World War II, has had far more negative effects on American society than positive effects.
At the beginning of World War I, America only had a small army. When it came time to go to war against Germany, more soldiers were needed. The federal government employed the use of propaganda to encourage many young men to enlist in the army and fight for their country. For example, one propaganda poster that persuaded young men to join the fight stated, “Your Country Needs You Now – The Navy – Our First Line of Defense: Enlist.” At first, the American people did not support entering the war. One movie that reflected anti-war sentiments was Civilization (1916) by Thomas Ince. This movie was very popular, and some even believe it led to the re-election of Woodrow Wilson. The government had numerous propaganda pamphlets and posters created and distributed to make the American…

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