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  1. Propaganda and its Power to Influence

  2. Rosie the Riveter

  3. In propaganda art, “our side” was always very attractive .. pure of heart

  4. and noble

  5. During World War II, the military employed policies of racial restriction and segregation. At the beginning of the war, for example, blacks could join the Navy but could serve only as messmen.

  6. Doris ("Dorie") Miller joined the Navy and was in service on board the U.S.S. West Virginia during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Restricted to the position of messman, he received no gunnery training. But during the attack, at great personal risk, he manned the weapon of a fallen gunman and succeeded in hitting Japanese planes.

  7. He was awarded the Navy Cross

  8. Masculine strength was a common visual theme in patriotic posters. Pictures of powerful men and mighty machines illustrated America's ability to channel its formidable strength into the war effort.

  9. American muscle was presented in a proud display of national confidence.

  10. Our men were strong, muscular, and had rugged good-looks.

  11. We were encouraged toward some “worthy” purpose.

  12. A variety of devices encouraged us to “conserve.” A little bit of “guilt”..

  13. or a lot of guilt

  14. We were asked to produce more ..

  15. Lidice was a Czech mining village that was obliterated by the Nazis in retaliation for the 1942 shooting of a Nazi official by two Czechs

  16. All men of the village were killed in a 10-hour massacre; the women and children were sent to concentration camps. The destruction of Lidice became a symbol for the brutality of Nazi occupation during World War II.

  17. Note the caricatured features and expression

  18. It was easy to imagine them capable of all sorts of outrageous acts

  19. No one would be safe

  20. Of course our cause was just, because ..

  21. “we’re on God’s side.”

  22. The enemy was presented as godless

  23. one who sows the seeds of death and destruction

  24. Words are ammunition. Each word an American utters either helps or hurts the war effort. He must stop rumors. He must challenge the cynic and the appeaser. He must not speak recklessly. He must remember that the enemy is listening. • --Government Information Manual for the Motion Picture Industry • Office of War Information

  25. “Loose lips sink ships”

  26. This Gold Star was displayed by families who had lost someone in the war.

  27. Remember what these posters look like. You will create your own later in the unit THE END