Wartime Propaganda

Ways the U.S. got men to fight back for their country


Much can be learned about a society's values from how it handles the raising of an army. In wartime, nations typically clarify the terms of citizenship and service-asking some people to fight, others to stay home, and appealing to the public for participation and support. The government sets the term of service, but they must align with popular values to be successful.

Technique and Persuasion

In order to get the strong men of the United States to help the war effort in Europe, the government would not only set taxes and bonds to pay for the machines like rifles, tanks, etc. But, they would also get propaganda posters up everywhere in order to persuade the men to fight for there freedom and survival.

Name Calling

This was the most known way of propaganda which is set to hang a bad label on an idea, symbolized by a hand turning thumbs down. This type of flyer generally reflected a feeling of wanting to save (a woman in this case) from the enemy.

Glittering Generality

Propagandists employ vague, sweeping statements (often slogans or simple catchphrases) using language associated with values and beliefs deeply held by the audience without providing supporting information or reason. They appeal to such notions as honor, glory, love of country, desire for peace, freedom, and family values. The audience that was trying to be reached in this kind of flyer are the hard working men and women who could help pay for the materials needed to end the great war.

Band Wagon

This is used as a persuasion technique to draw the audience to follow the rest of the crowd toward fighting in the war. This device creates the impression of widespread support. It reinforces the human desire to be on the winning side.

Plain Folks

This is used to approach and convince the audience that the spokesperson is from humble origins, someone they can trust and who has their interests at heart.

Modern War Propaganda (Transfer)

a technique still used today to carry over the authority and approval of something we respect and revere to something the propagandists would have to accept as well. Often, symbols (ex. waving of a flag) is there to stir the emotions and win male citizens approval.