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Propaganda as a Tool of War


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  • 1. Propaganda as a World War I Tool of War
  • 2. “An exciting adventure”
  • 3. Motivations for enlisting • 30,000 volunteers from across Canada enlisted within the first month of the war • Believed the war would be short • Offered an opportunity to escape financial hardships at home • Many felt a strong sense of patriotic duty to defend their mother country
  • 4. Not all are welcome • Women were considered too frail and too emotional to take part in battle • They were encouraged to stay home and support the men who did go • Those women that did join the service were limited to roles such as nurses and ambulance drivers behind the front lines
  • 5. Manpower deficit • By 1917, thousands of men had been killed, and thousands more had been seriously wounded • The industry required to support the war effort meant the number of men volunteering was too low to provide replace troops in Europe
  • 6. Propaganda as a Tool of War • During WWI, Canadians were bombarded with government propaganda • Designed to persuade people to support the war • Propaganda appeared in films, magazines, radio programs, political speeches, and posters • Appeal to a sense of patriotism, encouraged people to buy savings bonds, use less fuel, eat less meat, and support the government
  • 7. • Propaganda is selective and often distorts the truth • Reports about conditions on the Western Front were inaccurate • The number of Allied soldiers killed or wounded was minimized, while enemy casualties were exaggerated
  • 8. Groups 1 2 3 4 5 6 Beno Ryan Matthew B. Jenna John Noah Matthew D. Lin Charissa Ben Nila Jake Melanie Bryson Kelly Caitlin Andrew Audrey Erinn Zoë Brenna Hilary Jane Tim Shannon Carly James Ivana Mu Kevin
  • 9. Homework Counter Points p. 39, #1 How was propaganda used during the war? Discuss whether it is appropriate to manipulate information for patriotic purposes during war. What differences, if any, are there between propaganda and advertising? Write a well-structured paragraph that answers this question 250 words, 12 point font, DOUBLE SPACED