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ERIC Number: ED472104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan-15
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Powers of Persuasion--Poster Art of World War II. Teaching with Documents.
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
Guns, tanks, and bombs were the principal weapons of World War II, but there were other, more subtle forms of warfare. Words, posters, and films waged a constant battle for the hearts and minds of the U.S. citizenry as military weapons engaged the enemy. Persuading the U.S. public became a wartime industry, almost as important as the manufacturing of bullets and planes. The U.S. government launched an aggressive propaganda campaign to galvanize public support, and some of the nation's foremost intellectuals, artists, and film makers became warriors on that front. This lesson plan for using primary sources is intended to take one to two class periods for completion. The lesson plan presents 33 World War II posters for students to analyze. The teaching activities address history and civics standards correlations; offers a detailed procedure for presenting the lesson; and suggests a follow-up activity. A poster analysis worksheet is attached. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.