[2014] Caroline Moore (MHMS students): Propaganda in WWI

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[2014] Caroline Moore (MHMS students): Propaganda in WWI


What is Propaganda?Propaganda is information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause of point of view.Why was Propaganda used in war?Propaganda was used for many reasons; to draw peoples' awarness, and make them want to do something, recruit soldiers, or even just put down the enemy.


in World War I

Name CallingCountries using propaganda posters durring war frequently would call the enemy, or apposing side, derogitory names. Some were straight forward such as terrorist or traitor, while others were more subtle and are used to display negative feelings for another group. Some of these words would be coward or radical. BandwagonWhen using propaganda, another common techunique is bandwagoning, meaning, "everyone else is doing it, and so should you."Other Techniques:- False Connections-Testimonial-Fear


In this poster, the word "hun" is refering to the Germans in a derogatory way.


Pictures:Propaganda Poster WWI Join Today. N.d. N.p.http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_pdvgdcQVOPI/S80BHYowHGI/AAAAAAAAAHI/aDah4d4ICFw/s1600/world-war-1-recruiting-poster.jpgPropaganda WWI Fight Hun. N.p. N.dhttp://www.learnnc.org/lp/media/uploads/2009/08/a-1038-100_500.jpgPropaganda WWI Absent Troops.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5a/Step_into_your_place,_propaganda_poster,_1915.jpgOld American FLags.http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/files/legacy/WWI2.jpgPropaganda WWI Victory Garden.http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wrpGlsxt0vU/TbdMHmeYOBI/AAAAAAAAAS4/U6e2QkdMZiI/s1600/victory+garden.jpgLiberty Bonds WWI.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5b/LibertyBond-WinsorMcCay.jpgWebsites:"Propaganda Critic: Index of Site Dedicated to Propaganda Analysis." Propaganda Critic: Index of Site Dedicated to Propaganda Analysis. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2015. ."World War I Propaganda." World War I Propaganda. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2015. .


To the left is an example of bandwagoning being used in a World War I propaganda poster. In this poster, the men in the backround have already joined the army, and you should too.

Victory GardensPropaganda was also used by the Food Administration to get people to grow Victory Gardens. A Victory Garden is a vegetable garden, especially a home garden, planted to increase food production during a war. Liberty BondsA Liberty Bond was a war bond that was sold in the United States to support the allied cause in World War I. Buying a bond became a symbol of patriotism in the United States and it introduced the idea of financial securities to many citizens for the first time.

Other Uses

Many propaganda war posters, like the one above, were used to recrute men to serve as troops in the armed forces.

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In the posters to the left and below, the government is encouraging American to grow Victory Gardens and buy Liberty Bonds.


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