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Propaganda played a large role in the First World War by sending messages to the people telling them either to join, not join, or telling the British not to join. There were posters all over the place trying to convince people to join the army and fight in the war. Propaganda became a problem later on in the war because it began to become prejudice. At first it was simply just trying to get people to sign up and fight in the war, but later on it became more serious and brutal. Source 2(page 3 from the worksheet)is from 1914. You can see that the British were trying to get people to sign up for the war. It says that Great Britain wants to crush the German Barbarians so that people would want to enlist. This is an example of propaganda. People did sign up, and Britain had its own army. Source 41 on page 28 in the book is from 1915; a year after the war started. It is a cigarette advertisement and it s showing us that war isn t hard, and there is lots of extra time, even to have a cigarette. This is propaganda because it is persuading people to look at war in a light and carefree way. The guys in the pictures are smiling, which means they are not afraid and they look brave. If I were to see this picture back in 1915, I wouldn t mind going to war because it doesn t look as horrifying in the poster as it is in reality. In 1916 it was mostly like 1915 but propaganda was starting to become more serious than it was. Less people joined in 1915 than 1914. Propaganda became much worse in 1917. It was the 3rd year of the war, and the forces needed more soldiers, and war became more serious. Source 20 (page 12 in the second worksheet) is inappropriate and irresponsible because it is dehumanizing the Germans. It shows a gorilla holding a woman with one hand and a bat in the other. The hat on the gorilla says militarism, the bat says culture, and the floor says America. The background shows a destroyed city. More people might have joined the war after seeing this poster. However it s not a good way to get them to enlist because it uses cruelty. This shows that the German army was extremely brutal and that it must be stopped. The gorilla represents Germany and the woman represents America. The poster is telling the Americans to join the war and to destroy the mad brute. I would have approved of this poster in 1917 because it might have gotten more people to join the war. In 1918, war was completely hectic. Many soldiers were killed. A painter from war was asked to paint a memorial picture of the soldiers that were killed or injured during the war. This might not be propaganda but it shows how the war became chaos. The soldiers are blinded from the poison gas. War couldn t get any worse, but the people that are not in the war didn t know that. If you look at source 15 on page 73 in the book, you can see a dining table, and how
it began to be emptier over the years. They wanted more soldiers to sign up so they exaggerated and made more irresponsible and inappropriate posters. then the maids went to help in the war and the mother was the waitress. . You can also see that even the little boy was in uniform now. and then it became very extreme. Propaganda became very serious and an inappropriate source. Since war first started in 1914 until it ended in 1918 things went terribly bad. You can see that the waiters went to war and maids became waitresses instead. even women. but it still got people to join the war. At first it was just a simple enlist now poster. Everybody had to join the war. and the family looks very unhappy.