Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action

Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action

by Thomas W. Benson

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Overview

By the spring of 1970, Americans were frustrated by continuing war in Vietnam and turmoil in the inner cities. Students on American college campuses opposed the war in growing numbers and joined with other citizens in ever-larger public demonstrations against the war. Some politicians—including Ronald Reagan, Spiro Agnew, and Richard Nixon—exploited the situation to cultivate anger against students. At the University of California at Berkeley, student leaders devoted themselves, along with many sympathetic faculty, to studying the war and working for peace. A group of art students designed, produced, and freely distributed thousands of antiwar posters. Posters for Peace tells the story of those posters, bringing to life their rhetorical iconography and restoring them to their place in the history of poster art and political street art. The posters are vivid, simple, direct, ironic, and often graphically beautiful. Thomas Benson shows that the student posters from Berkeley appealed to core patriotic values and to the legitimacy of democratic deliberation in a democracy—even in a time of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271067315
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 05/04/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 48 MB
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About the Author

Thomas W. Benson is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Rhetoric at The Pennsylvania State University.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action

The Berkeley Peace Posters in the Penn State University Collection

Notes

Sources

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