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War through Art

A history blog highlighting "Weapons of Mass Communication," aka U.S. and international propaganda posters and imagery from both world wars and beyond.

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Barbarous Hun: The Sinking of the Lusitania and the Rise of Propaganda

On May 7, 1915, the British passenger ship Lusitania was hit by repeated torpedo attacks emanating from a German u-boat off the coast of Ireland. Of the 1,960 passengers and crew on board, only 767  survived. 128 of the deceased were American citizens.

Depicting the Devil: How Propaganda Posters Portrayed Nazi Ideology

In 1925, a bellicose Adolf Hitler understood that he needed the power of mass persuasion to push his political ideology on the German people. Citing propaganda as an essential component of statecraft in Mein Kampf, he wrote that propaganda must “awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings, in finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest the attention and appeal to the hearts of the national masses.” In its early phases, the Nazi party largely depended on Hitler’s own oratory gifts and stage presence to gather more interest and support. This changed dramatically with the party’s rise to political prominence and Hitler’s partnership with chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels. 

Wonder Women of U.S. War Posters

If you enjoy your summer superhero movies, then you will most likely check out the new Wonder Woman movie, released in U.S. theaters on June 2, 2019. The movie is set during the "Great War," but did you know women... Continue Reading →

WPA Posters: Coming to a Stamp Near You

The United States Postal Service unveiled a new collection of commemorative stamps featuring the iconic Works Progress Administration (WPA) posters. The ceremony took place at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. Perhaps one... Continue Reading →

Axey Dent – Proper Work Procedure Posters

It's no secret that the U.S government encouraged both agricultural and industrial production during World War II in an effort to support the war effort abroad and ignite the economy at home. As part of the effort - a well... Continue Reading →

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