Summary: These posters might be the most iconic image in America. There’s not a single person over the age of 12 that hasn’t at least seen a picture of it in a movie or something, especially since “Captain America: The First Avenger” features it. Long story short, in case anyone doesn’t know, Uncle Sam doesn’t just represent the US, he IS the US. Uncle Sam, US, get it? This poster was not just telling you to join the army, it was telling everyone that their country needed them. This is why such a simple phrase on such a simple image was so powerful.
Summary: This article is actually far different from what the title suggests. This article was written in November of the same year Hitler killed himself and is formatted as almost a progression of how the entire world saw him from 1934-1945. The descriptions given seem to hone in on many aspects of Hitler, revealing that in 1940 he was kind of a celebrity about the world for his intelligence and personality. “People were beginning to wonder whether Adolph Hitler was a mastermind or a madman.”(Baker), up until 1944 when everyone in America wanted him dead.
Summary: There are many different propaganda film that were made by Disney from 1934-1945. This means that rather than discussing one cartoon, I will be discussing Disney’s activity in WWII as a whole. Disney promoted three things in this time period: demonization of Axis powers, promotion for enlistment, and displaying of US dominance. First off, let’s discuss the demonization of the Axis powers. The Axis powers have been shown as cruel to children, especially in “Education for Death”. They have been shown as monstrous, like in “Stop that Tank”, which even depicts Hitler going to Hell. And they were portrayed as deformed and “autistic” in “The Ducktators”, by they I mean Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo. Secondly, the promotion for enlistment was obvious. At the end of “The Ducktators”, it even says, “If you want this to happen, enlist today!”. Not to mention that half of their films are “training videos” to show that it’s fun to be in the military, or that you’re saving the world by joining. Lastly, US dominance is prevalent in that we aren’t the only ones participating in WW2 for the allied powers. There’s us, France, Britain, Russia, and a large amount of smaller countries. Yet in every film, America is the winner, America “saves the day”.
Summary: This was the speech that propelled us into World War 2. Directly after Pearl Harbor, it was obvious to FDR that we would go to war. The preparation for this speech may have been last minute but it was definitely well thought through. The most impactful and inspiring part of this was repetition used after he describes how the Japanese were still trying to “maintain peace”. He says, “Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.” This segment really does speak to the reality of the situation, and to the lies that Japan is trying to push.
Summary: This photo shows the battle on Normandy Beach, also known as D’Day. You may see many different photos from this day, and at the same time you won’t see many of them at all. This iconic picture of the slaughter which was D’Day captures the raw intensity of not only this battle, but of the whole war. The number of ships that are just coming up to the shoreline, you wouldn’t even be able to count the number of people in the photo, but you know that most of them are going to die. If you look at the beach, you may think to yourself, “that’s not a very far distance”, when in reality, this beach will be covered with the bodies of dead Americans, British, and Canadians in the effort of just trying to walk from the shoreline, to the cliff side.
Summary: This article is just what you think it would be about, Japan’s surrender. However, this article displays some very interesting wording to describe the surrender. A good example of this wording is the first sentence in this article. It states that, “Japan today unconditionally surrendered the hemispheric empire taken by force and held almost intact for more than two years against the rising power of the United States and its Allies in the Pacific war.”(Krock). Now, to take this long sentence apart. Firstly, this sentence starts off with the phrase “unconditionally surrendered”, which means to surrender without conditions or limits. This refers to the fact that we forced the Japanese to surrender, giving a nod to American power and post war pride that this newspaper would cause. Secondly, let’s highlight how this introduction describes the conquest of the Japanese in World War II. Krock describes the Japanese land as a “hemispheric empire taken by force and held almost intact for more than two years”(Krock), and, by describing it as such, he is not only demonizing the Japanese, but he is also claiming that they failed to keep it intact for the two years in which they had it, insulting their leadership.