The Best War Ever: America, And World War II

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"A World War II Photo Essay." A World War II Photo Essay. (accessed April 9, 2014).

This photo essay put on by the University of Illinois shows many important pictures from World War II. This will be my main source of World War II images for my paper. They share photos from home and from war. Unfortunately this source does not have any analysis of the photos however the selection is still very good.

Michael C.C. Adams. The Best War Ever: America and World War II. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994).

This essay discusses World War II’s affect on the nation in a positive way. He discusses the effect the media had on American’s perception of the war. He discusses how the allies became heroes and the Axis powers were the villains. A major topic in my paper is the discussion of how this topic came about.

Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites. No Caption Needed: iconic Photographs, Public culture, and Liberal Democracy. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007).
In No Caption Needed, the Authors explore and analyze some of the most popular and influential images in history. There are many war photos in this book however the chapter that I am most interested in analyzing is the fourth chapter titled, “Rasing Flags in Iwo Jima and Ground Zero.” This chapter discusses the two different issues of war and the response of the nation. A major topic in my paper is how the ideas have changed from WW2 to todays time and this chapter will be very helpful
Robert Harimanand John Louis Lucaites. "Performing Civic Identity: The Iconic Photograph Of The Flag Raising On Iwo Jima." Quarterly Journal of Speech 88, no. 4 (2002): 363-392. This chapter discusses the ultimate effect of the photograph of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. This is a piece that I will intensely be analyzing in my paper. I will discuss the ultimate effect of nationalism that is portrayed in this photo and that is what the Authors discuss in this chapter.

Thayer Soule. Shooting the Pacific War: Marine Corps combat photography in WWII. (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2000).

This source is interesting because it comes directly from the front lines. The author comes directly from a marine unit and followed such groups through out the war. It is interesting to consider how photographs influence those directly in the conflict and that is why I chose this source.

INTRO: Introduce topic/Blueprint Statement -Research Question: How can photography of war create a sense of nationalism as well as promote animosity towards the enemy? -Thesis Proposal: Photographers are able to capture the curiousness and surrealness of wartime that ultimately promotes a sense of nationalism towards one side and animosity towards another.

Body Paragraphs:
World War II -Pearl Harbor -USA(Home) being attacked) -Full on war -D-Day etc -USA’s official involvement -Germany -Ideals are crazy in minds of Americans -How photographers captured this -Japan -Coming Home -American response to those who were at war

Current Times -9/11 -Response of Nation and NYC -How terrorism/terrorists are captured -Today -Americans lack of support for war -Photographing veterans -Media Response -Killing of Osama Bin Laden
-Wrap up findings

-Title Slide
-Slide 1: Research Question (On board)

-Slide 2: Tentative Thesis

-Slide 3: Background information -1939- Nazi Armi invades Poland launching Europe into war -Before this, Adolf Hitler was elected in 1933 and began secretly developing Germany’s military which was supposed to be disbanded under the sanctions of WWI. He also began stripping the rights of Jews in Germany. These were both parts of his master plan to ultimately take over Europe and in his eyes, purify the world by eliminating all people he thought were inferior