Propaganda: How did the US portray the Axis powers? Entry #1
For my first entry, I used an internet article. It was titled Propaganda in the U.S. During WWII and I found this source by searching for it on Google.com. The article itself had twelve different sources and authors, but the majority of the authors were professors at different universities. The article was not dated and the link for the website of the article is http://www3.eou.edu/hist06/WWIIPropaganda.html.
To briefly summarize what this article entailed, the article stated that because of propaganda, the American public was more open to the war and it made it easier for them to dub WWII “The Good War”. Although there were many negative uses in propaganda, such as racism and hatred of another nation, it motivated all Americans to do their part in defeating a wicked and purely evil enemy. Specifically from this article, I learned that during any time of war, what is said on the enemy’s side is often looked at as propaganda, while what is said on our side is regarded as the truth and the cause of peace for humanity. I also learned that the United States specially created the Office of Government Reports to build confidence in America’s military power while subliminally delivering propaganda to the masses.
The most interesting fact that I learned from this article was that there was no age limit for this propaganda. Many of the same ideas used in adult movies were directly conveyed through children’s cartoons. The United States government manipulated the American public into believing that without going to war, their worst fears would come to life. This does create some paranoia in my mind, but I find it interesting that a large amount of people can be convinced to come together and fight for the same cause with the use of propaganda.
Propaganda: How did the US portray the Axis powers? Entry #2
For my second entry, I used an excerpt from a book. The book is titled Powers...