Module 10: WWII Propganda Katie Petty

Throughout World War I, American artists created many posters, cartoons and newscasts that demonized Germany in an attempt to influence both Americans' and other countries' thought about the war. In order to shed a negative light on the other side of the war, artists portrayed the Germans as animals and showed racism in their propaganda. They also produced posters encouraging citizens to join the war, making claims like "you won't be part of history if you don't participate." Adversely, Germany also produced propaganda and spread it to other countries. In their propaganda, they made claims that entering the war would ruin countries' economies,


This poster was produced by America during WWI to both demonize Germany and encourage Americans to join the army. In this poster, Germany is portrayed as a beastly gorilla that is kidnapping what I'm assuming to be kidnapping the Statue of Liberty. This poster successfully depicts Germany as a ruthless, dangerous antagonist that is destructive and a threat to Americans' liberty. If one were to view this poster during the time of the war, it might have frightened US citizens enough into joining the army.

World War II Propaganda

By the second world war, most of the world was already convinced of Germany's brutality and a large portion of American's men were already at war. World War II propaganda in America was primarily aimed at convincing those at the Homefront to fill service jobs in the military, conserve resources, pick up other jobs that needed filling while men were away and so on.

This poster demonstrates the push to try and get women to join the workforce while men were away at war. Up until WWII, women were primarily expected to flow from being a daughter to a wife and then to a mother. There was no time for work. But because so many men were drafted during the war, a large labor shortage was created and women were asked to step up. There were also many miliary-based jobs, such as nursing that America needed women to fill. The female labor force grew by over 6 million during the war. Posters like this demonstrated that women were both capable of doing the jobs their men left behind during the war and needed to fill those jobs.


"Propaganda as a weapon? Influencing international opinion." The British Library. January 23, 2014. Accessed March 29, 2017.

"WWII and Women." Camp Hale. Accessed March 29, 2017.

Fernández-Armesto, Felipe. The world: a history. Hoboken: Pearson, 2016.

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