War and Speech: Propaganda, Patriotism, and Dissent in the Great War

Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday through Nov 10, 2018
Venue: MSU Museum
Location: MSU Museum
Address: 409 W. Circle Dr. East Lansing, MI
Times: Weekdays 9-5 // Saturday 10-5
Admission: free; donations encouraged
517-355-2370
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The exhibit War and Speech: Propaganda, Patriotism, and Dissent in the Great War explores, through the MSU Museum’s extensive World War I poster and militaria collections, the new ways in which Americans understood civic duty and civic speech.

The techniques of persuasion that helped to shape the modern world were developed for and during the Great War (1914-1918). In the United States, posters, cartoons, songs, and other popular culture were designed to mobilize the entire home front, to make every adult and child feel intimately involved with the war effort. At the same time, Liberty Loan campaigns, military parades, and other activities to support the troops as they trained and fought featured all aspects of military life, from the doughboy’s field kit to hard-won battlefield trophies brought back in victory.

Paradoxically, during this first world war to defend ideals of democracy and freedom, state surveillance and restrictions on dissent increased. These powerful images of persuasion simultaneously extended a promise of inclusion to all Americans in the life of the nation, even as women, African Americans, Native Americans, and others struggled for long-denied civil and political rights.

Propaganda posters produced by the United States government, by commercial lithographers, and by average citizens created a new, modern way of signifying patriotism and the American people. War and Speech provides a window to that moment, framing Americans' ideas about nation and citizenship in this critical historic era.

Exhibit Open November 11, 2017 – November 11, 2018

November 11, 2017 - November 10, 2018
Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Location: 409 W. Circle Dr., MSU Museum, MI
Phone: 517-355-2370
Time: Weekdays 9-5 // Saturday 10-5
Price: free; donations encouraged

War and Speech: Propaganda, Patriotism, and Dissent in the Great War
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  • MSU Museum
  • free; donations encouraged
  • Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday