For Home and Country: World War I Propaganda on the Home Front

For Home and Country: World War I Propaganda on the Home Front

by Celia M. Kingsbury
     
 

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World War I prompted the first massive organized propaganda campaign of the twentieth century. Posters, pamphlets, and other media spread fear about the “Hun,” who was often depicted threatening American families in their homes, while additional campaigns encouraged Americans and their allies to support the war effort. With most men actively involved…  See more details below

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World War I prompted the first massive organized propaganda campaign of the twentieth century. Posters, pamphlets, and other media spread fear about the “Hun,” who was often depicted threatening American families in their homes, while additional campaigns encouraged Americans and their allies to support the war effort. With most men actively involved in warfare, women and children became a special focus—and a tool—of social manipulation during the war.
 
For Home and Country examines the propaganda that targeted noncombatants on the home front in the United States and Europe during World War I. Cookbooks, popular magazines, romance novels, and government food agencies targeted women in their homes, especially their kitchens, pressuring them to change their domestic habits. Children were also taught to fear the enemy and support the war through propaganda in the form of toys, games, and books. And when women and children were not the recipients of propaganda, they were often used in propaganda to target men. By examining a diverse collection of literary texts, songs, posters, and toys, Celia Malone Kingsbury reveals how these pervasive materials were used to fight the war’s cultural battle.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE

"Kingsbury writes with verve and spirit, extending the theory and impact of propaganda along new avenues of research, with interesting sociological and psychological analyses."—B. Adler, CHOICE

— B. Adler

Journal of American History

"This is a valuable addition to the fields of twentieth-century history, communications history, and gender studies." —Greg Barnhisel, Journal of American History

— Greg Barnhisel

American Studies

"This will be important reading for scholars of World War One in America, and those interested in popular fiction in the early 20th century."—Mark Whalan, American Studies

— Mark Whalan

CHOICE - B. Adler

"Kingsbury writes with verve and spirit, extending the theory and impact of propaganda along new avenues of research, with interesting sociological and psychological analyses."—B. Adler, CHOICE
Journal of American History - Greg Barnhisel

"This is a valuable addition to the fields of twentieth-century history, communications history, and gender studies."—Greg Barnhisel, Journal of American History
American Studies - Mark Whalan

"This will be important reading for scholars of World War One in America, and those interested in popular fiction in the early 20th century."—Mark Whalan, American Studies
Indiana Magazine of History - Anthony Seeger

"We very much need a history of popular literature during World War I, and to understand propaganda in its multiple forms, public and private."—Anthony Seeger, Indiana Magazine of History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803224742
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Series:
Studies in War, Society, and the Military Series
Pages:
326
Sales rank:
839,843
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author


Celia Malone Kingsbury is an associate professor of English at the University of Central Missouri. She is the author of The Peculiar Sanity of War: Hysteria in the Literature of World War I.

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