World War Ii and Propaganda Posters

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World War II and Propaganda Posters

Propaganda during World War II was escalated to perhaps the greatest heights in history. Propaganda is used to manipulate information to influence public opinion, rather than merely communicate the facts about something. The American government used propaganda posters to persuade people to conserve material needed by soldiers, to discourage gossip about information heard about the war effort, and to invest in war bonds. Other posters enforced the need for mass production of war materials and some were directed at women to become part of the workforce because of the depleting number of men left for combat.

Firstly, war bonds were debt
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The poster was a way the government persuaded desolate women to do exactly what they wanted. Although the poster portrayed a sense of mourning and anguish, it convinced the women to emerge from depression and strive for a sense of accomplishment.

The fifth poster (refer to Figure 5) is a well-known poster of
World War II. It is a picture of “Rosie the Riveter” (a fictional character the government created to help campaign to women wanted in the workforce) flexing her muscle with a serious look on her face. The posters read: “We Can Do It.” She was the ideal woman worker: loyal, patriotic, efficient, and pretty. Women responded well to the persuasion and found themselves being praised for their effort. Women were also warned that if they did not work a soldier would die, people would call them slackers, and was equivalent to men who avoided the draft. The poster portrayed a sense of pride and confidence.

The sixth poster (refer to Figure 6) is not nearly as common as many of the others but was important nonetheless. It pictures four women in uniform and reads, “For your country’s sake today….For our own sake tomorrow.” The poster informs women that fighting for their country will help the war effort and also help gain more rights for women. This was meant to get more women involved in the armed forces. They were encouraged by the idea that by aiding their country, they would also be aiding themselves, although no substantial
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