1. Explain how patriotism was incorporated into both enlistment posters. The first enlistment poster, “True Sons of Liberty”, has symbols of patriotism in it because the colored men are fighting for their country. On the left side of the poster it says, “COLORED MEN The First Americans Who Planted Our Flag on the Firing Line.” The poster is saying the colored men were the first to show patriotism for their country since the beginning of war. Therefore, they should continue doing so. The second poster, “Colored Man Is No Slacker”, takes on a different form of patriotism. The colored man is willing to leave his wife and home behind to show his devotion to the country. The soldiers in the background are carry an American Flag to show their love for America.
2. In both posters, only African American soldiers are depicted. Why would African Americans enlist in an army that was segregated?
African Americans would enlist in a segregated army because back then, there many racist white men in the army that might not the army as enjoyable as it would be with only black men. Also, the posters want the colored men to feel as though they are just as accepted as the white men, so they would want to join the army and protect a country that was just as much theirs as anyone else’s.
3. Why was Lincoln’s image incorporated into the poster “True Sons of Liberty”? Abraham Lincoln was the president who gave the colored men their rights. He was the only person who actually believed in them, so with his face on the poster, the men would know they were really needed. Next, just about all black people knew of Lincoln because he granted them their freedom. Lastly, there is a quote about freedom and liberty not perishing underneath Lincoln’s picture, which would let the black men know they would always have their freedom from now on.
4. Further research: To what extent did enlistment posters attempt to attract other ethnicities? ...
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