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Propaganda of WWII. U.S. History. What is propaganda?. The spreading of ideas to promote a certain cause or to damage an opposing cause. The creator of propaganda is trying to persuade you to think a certain way. Often presents fact selectively/ may be biased or one-sided

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propaganda of wwii

Propaganda of WWII

U.S. History

what is propaganda
What is propaganda?
  • The spreading of ideas to promote a certain cause or to damage an opposing cause.
  • The creator of propaganda is trying to persuade you to think a certain way.
  • Often presents fact selectively/ may be biased or one-sided
  • Appeals to one’s sense of pride, nationalism, patriotism, and emotions.
  • It may also use stereotypes, fear, exaggeration, and racism to persuade people to support or oppose a cause.
adolf hitler said
Adolf Hitler said…
  • Not a nice guy, but a master of propaganda.
  • “ To be effective, propaganda must be aimed at the emotions. The masses are not moved by scientific ideas…but by primitive feelings, terror, force, and discipline. Propaganda must reduce everything to simple slogans and must concentrate on one enemy.”
types of propaganda
Types of Propaganda
  • Radio broadcasts
  • Posters
  • Slogans
  • Speeches
  • T.V. commercials
  • Cartoons
  • Music/ songs
  • Books
propaganda during wwii
Propaganda during WWII
  • Posters
  • Newsreels/movies
  • Radio
  • Speeches
  • Music
  • For this lesson, we will focus on the use of postersduring WWII.
how do we analyze propaganda
How do we analyze propaganda?
  • 1. Remember the historical context. What is going on at this point in history?
  • 2. Focus on the obvious. The author catches your attention with major phrases and images.
  • 3. Look for smaller details and symbols. They can help point us in the right direction.
  • 4. Think like the author. What is s/he trying to get us to think or feel?
image 1 questions i m asking myself
Image #1: Questions I\'m asking myself…
  • Who is “we” and what “can we do?”
  • Why is this woman flexing her arm?
  • What is she wearing?
  • Who is meant to see this poster?
  • Where might this poster be located?
  • Who made this poster?
image 1 questions
Image #1 Questions

1. What are the important details of the image? (words, images, symbols)

  • “We Can Do It!”, flexed arm, bandana on head, stern/ serious look on face,

2. Who is the target audience of this poster?

  • Women workers, women in general

3. What does the author of this poster want the viewer of the poster to think, feel, or do?

  • The author wants women to feel valued for their hard work, wants to recruit women to work in factories,

4. In your opinion, is this an effective piece of propaganda? Explain your answer.

  • Yes, because it portrays women as strong and important to the war cause. Many women will look at this image and be motivated to work harder.
your turn
Your Turn!
  • Analyze images #2-4 on your own!
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