World War II Posters
“Trench of Ideas and Propaganda”
During World War II, the United States government use propaganda in order to persuade people to join their efforts to stop the enemies of the fatherland. Posters were one of the most common methods of advertisement used by the U.S. government, and some of the many purposes of this posters were to encourage people to join the U.S. Army, raise funds to increase the war budged, and convince women that their role in “Victory Jobs”- war related job- was critical. Posters played a critical role strengthening the United States Army with new soldiers (Power of Persuasion- Poster Art of World War II, n.d). After just two decade of the end of the World War I, the people were fearful of facing a well-known enemy in another war overseas, (Rosenberg, 2004). Figure 1 displays Uncle Sam’s beguiling expression that was a common technique to lure men to join the American Army. The personification of the United States of America as a strong, elderly patriotic man donning trousers and an outfit representing the American flag had a powerful effect. As shown in many American propaganda images, freedom, camaraderie, and patriotism appealed, and still continue to allure, many Americans today. The main intention of this poster is to attract people to the American Army. It sends a clear message that the U.S. government wants YOU in the Army. Figure 2 shows a newspaper clipping that says in the heading: “5200 Yanks Prisoners Killed by JAP Torturers in Philippines”. Behind we can see a picture of an American soldier being beaten to death. Then a question- What are you going to do about it? With an answer – Stay on the job until every MURDERING JAP is wiped out! This poster use loaded words to persuade Americans to go to the war, or keep fighting, up to every JAP is wiped out. It is also directed toward all those people working on war...
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