WWI Propaganda and Art

Uncle Sam wants you! During World War II, the US government and military created a propaganda campaign to gain public support. The activity uses primary documents such as photos to explain how and why the propaganda campaign was successful. Scholars read documents, complete a worksheet, and participate in group discussion to understand if public perception is more important than public safety. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners create a propaganda poster supporting the war
  • Guide a group discussion on public safety versus civil liberties during wartime 
Classroom Considerations
  • Must have Internet access to complete the lesson
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Activity includes a variety of primary sources to keep pupils engaged
  • The resource is easily adapted to remote learning
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