Medi Media's Role In Propaganda During The Civil War

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Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the desired result in audience attitudes. Propaganda appeared during the Civil War as mostly images spread throughout newspapers and magazines. One of the main reasons behind this was because illustrated journalism became available for the first time to most Americans. Journalist covering the war would portray the war the way the they or the government felt was acceptable for Americans to see. Example, taking pictures of soldiers dead in the line of battle but moving their corpse to a different setting to make the picture more gruesome or more honorable. Cartoons were another way for the government to manipulate political expression. Most of the cartoons of the period drawn and circulated within the United States were those of pro-Union.…show more content…
Propaganda was used in World War One as in any other war and the truth suffered. Propaganda ensured the government put out information that only the government wanted people to know about. The government wanted everyone to think the way they wanted them to think and controlled all forms of media.. Propaganda during the World Wars was used to increase support for the war and commitment to Allied victory. Using a wide variety of media, that included music, silent films, and radio, propagandists implied hatred for the enemy and support for America's allies. Greater public effort for war production by persuading people to make do with what they had so that more material could be used for the war effort was also
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