America Mobilizes for War
Thien Nguyen & William DePriest Hour 4
Summary of America Mobilizes for War
Building an Army
Constructing a War Economy
Shaping Public Opinion
President Hoover's efforts would have been worthless if the American people didn't believe in the war, but around that time the people did not really know what the war was about. So then the Committee on Public Information(CPI) was created to help educate the people of America. The CPI had to convince Americans that the war effort was a just cause. President Wilson appointed George Creel as the director of the CPI(A former journalist and a passionate admirer of American institution), Creel campaign with "sell America". The CPI gave out 75 million pamphlets and 6,000 press release, they also got an army of 75,000 speakers who help educate the Americans. The CPI dramatized the needs of America and its allies within posters, they also stressed the cruelty and wickedness of the enemy (Germany). This caused all kinds of aggravated resentment toward German Americans. Using these methods the CPI earned support for American war effort.