First Faculty Advisor
Litoff, Judy Barrett
Print Propaganda; World War II; Poster; Cartoon; Bill Mauldin; Norman Rockwell; Dr. Seuss
All rights retained by Bryant University and Zeynep Kazmaz
Print Propaganda Art in World War II America World War II started in Europe with Germany’s invasion of Poland on September 1st 1939. Many major countries around the globe were involved in the Second World War. The major Axis Powers were Germany, Japan, and Italy. The major Allied Powers, on the other hand, were Great Britain and France, joined by the Soviet Union in June 1941. The U.S., after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941, would also join the war and become a crucial member of the Allies. During the Second World War, Americans often followed war-related news through newsreels playing in theaters, radio broadcasts, and newspapers. Through these resources, the public remained informed about the progress of the war. In addition to providing information, however, these resources could also be used to distribute propaganda. Although propaganda assumed many different forms throughout the war, this project will focus only on print propaganda, and more specifically, posters and cartoons.