For Home and Country
World War I Propaganda on the Home Front
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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From a long list of friends and colleagues who have provided moral support as I completed this project, I would like to thank my department chair, Don Melichar, for his unfl agging encouragement, and Dennis Muchisky for his support as well as his abiding interest in World War I...
As a child of the sixties, I cut my philosophical eye teeth, as it were, on the lyrics of Bob Dylan. He expressed exactly my dissatisfaction with the culture of the Eisenhower fi fties, still very much intact in small-town America of the sixties. While the Cuban Missile Crisis taught us to live for the moment, Vietnam offered more complicated lessons concerning the overlap of political strategy and strategy on the front lines...
1. Food Will Win the War: Domestic Science and the Royal Society
Two of the primary relationships T
2. “One Hundred Percent”: War Service and Women’s Fiction
Post–World War I fi ction and personal narratives are known, sometimes erroneously, for their cynicism and bitterness. Fiction written during the war, with few exceptions, is of an entirely different ilk. Magazine fi ction, especially concerning women’s war service, lacks cynicism altogether and either promotes participation in ways that correspond with offi cial propaganda or uses the plight of women, especially Belgian women, to advance the idea of war service...
3. VADs and Khaki Girls: The Ultimate Reward for War Service
The military-style uniforms of the Red Cross and the U.S. Food Administration offered a way for adult married women to identify themselves as participants in the Great War, as supporters of those men in their lives who also had war work to accomplish. Already wives and mothers, adult women like Emma Buck of “One Hundred Percent” perform war service because propaganda demands it, or because the jobs their husbands once performed need filling...
4. “Learning to Hate the German Beast”: Children as War Mongers
Perhaps one of the most insidious forms of propaganda is that directed at children. Much propaganda from the First World War is meant to enlist even the smallest citizens in the war effort. Children wore the uniforms of soldiers and Red Cross nurses and carried toy weapons. Two of the three primary relationships of the Gemeinschaft are tapped here: that between mother and child and that between siblings, and in this case also peers...
5. The Hun Is at the Gate: Protecting the Innocents
In his 1914 poem “For All We Have and Are,” Rudyard Kipling writes: For all we have and are, For all our children’s fate, Stand up and meet the war, The Hun is at the gate!" Kipling’s lines aptly summarize the application of First World War propaganda with the use of two images: that of the child and, by extension, the mother in danger, and that of the marauding Hun not only ready but eager to destroy everything in his path...
Conclusion: Learning to Love Big Brother—or Not
Committee on Public Information Chairman George Creel became, when the war was over, a spokesperson for the success of the U.S. propaganda campaign. Congress, fearing a voter backlash to the manipulation of public information, quickly dissolved the committee. In the “Dedicatory” to his 1920 book How We Advertised America, Creel insists that Congress, in its “annihilation” of the committee and its fi nal report on propaganda, attempted to “keep the committee from making a statement of achievement for the information of the public.”...
Page Count: 326
Illustrations: 52 illustrations
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Studies in War, Society, & the Military
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