Essay On World War 1 Propaganda

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The outcome on World War 1 might not of been the same without propaganda because it changed the opinion of citizens and got soldiers to join the country’s army. Propaganda is biased information used to change people’s minds. In World War One it was used to mold people’s minds by telling them which countries were good and which ones were bad. (World)
The main purpose of propaganda in World War I was to make people take action in the form of enlisting for the army, for women to work where the men did before they were in the army, and purchasing war bonds (World). Even though the United States did not join the war until after all the other countries they still made more propaganda. (Duffy). Propaganda only had good information about the government
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During the war, newspapers were checked by the government to make sure it didn’t say anything bad about the military. This essentially took away the first amendment, freedom of the press. In both France and Germany the newspapers were directly controlled by the government. This made it so no true information was given to the soldiers so they had no idea what was happening in the war. Since the newspapers were made by the government the citizens of France never found out when the French soldiers had revolt. This could be why the people of France never revolted themselves. Another way the government used to spread propaganda was by having public figures like priests and government works spread propaganda. Also, in America, the government asked the Boy Scouts of America to say good things about the war. Most of the more effective propaganda were posters (World). At the beginning of the war the posters showed confidence about the war. After the war had gone on for a while the posters started to transition into asking for help from the citizens. As the war continued it changed to attacking the enemy and making them look bad (Keene). The ways the government's decided to spread propaganda was one of the main reasons that propaganda was so