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Propaganda between reels: The four minute men
Starts Thursday: The art and history of motion picture coming attraction slides (2011)
  • Krystina L Benson
Abstract

Extract: In 1917, the USA entered the Great War on the side of the allies. Training soldiers and encouraging a community to support the men at the front lines in an overseas battleground in the scale required for The Great War had never occurred before in the United States. In some ways, the distance of the front lines was a benefit and a blessing; in others it was a major challenge. Being able to reach, inform, motivate and organise millions of Americans to go to war required a massive communicative and persuasive effort. President Wilson and his administration recognised that the nation’s support was required for the war effort to succeed, but public opinion was varying about entering the war. Only days after the United States officially declared war, the Committee on Public Information was created to propagandise the U.S. with the goal of uniting and mobilising the fractioned population. George Creel, Director of the CPI explained that its purpose, from the first to the last, without halt or change, it was a plain publicity proposition, a vast enterprise in salesmanship, the world's greatest adventure in advertising. There was no part of the great war machinery that we did not touch, no medium of appeal that we did not employ (Creel, 2006, 4)

Publication Date
May 5, 2011
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Benson, K. (2011). Propaganda between reels: The four minute men, 1917-1918. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://www.starts-thursday.com/2011/05/propaganda-between-reels-four-minute.html

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Krystina L Benson. "Propaganda between reels: The four minute men" Starts Thursday: The art and history of motion picture coming attraction slides (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/krystina_benson/4/