American Propaganda During World War II

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No one anticipated the international chaos that would emerge during the twentieth century, especially the devastation caused by World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. World War II was the most destructive war in human history and changed the history of the world forever, engaging the world’s most influential superpowers in the largest international event of the era. World War II was fought not only by the armed forces, but also by the home fronts of every belligerent nation, exhausting the economy, the industry, and the morale of those living at home, escalating the conflict into a total war that was larger and fought more expansively than any other conflict in history. The use of American propaganda in the World War II war effort had a huge impact on note only American morale, but on American allies and their enemies. World War II American propaganda fundamentally changed the tide of the war through the way it depicted the enemy, encouraged support for the American home front, changed the role of women in society, and increased African-American rights.
American propaganda increased support for the Allies by portraying the Axis powers as foolish, subhuman monsters and evil savages to arouse negative sentiment towards the enemy. This was commonly found in cartoons by artists like Dr. Seuss and animations by Walt Disney. Dr. Seuss drew cartoons that depicted the Axis powers as less than human, especially Germany and Japan. In his cartoon from July 20, 1942, he depicts Adolf Hitler as a savage murderer with a noose in his hand as dead Jews hang from trees in the back, showing his racism through the word “Jew” pinned to their pants to represent the infamous stitched yellow star. In his “Quick Henry, the Flit!” cartoon, he dep...

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...a did wonders for the homefront, inspiring Americans to purchase war bonds, conserve supplies, increase industrial production, and contribute to the war effort in order to support their loved ones and their country. Propaganda also changed the roles and stereotypes of females and African-Americans during the war effort, increasing their rights and recognizing their importance. Because propaganda fomented so much support for the American and Allied cause and kept morale high, the Allies were able to pull through during this war of attrition to win World War II. American propaganda fundamentally changed not only the tide of the war for an Allied victory, but also how people viewed others on an international level. It was these changes that led to bigger changes, including the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, and the other future conflicts that were yet to come.
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