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The CPI defined patriotism as supporting the government’s policies, sacrificing for the good of the nation, and defending the country against its enemies. Creel sought the most talented and popular writers, artist, speakers, and singers to help inflame patriotism in the hearts and minds of the American people. The CPI’s propaganda used emotional appeal and demonization to win over Americans and promote patriotism. The success of the CPI’s propaganda ignited great dissension towards those opposed to the war. This led to an ideology that any American not in support of the war must be a traitor.