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Poster showing soldiers wielding bayonets, with American flag and flame-lit sky above. Library of Congress

 

Gaining American support for the Great War was paramount to success. President Woodrow Wilson tapped George Creel to head up the Committee on Public Information, and Creel, in turn, created the Division of Pictorial Publicity, which churned out millions of posters encouraging support of the war.

Creel’s propaganda campaign was a mix of inspired improvisation and disciplined commitment to the government’s message. “It was [a] fight for the minds of men…” Creel recalled “and moral verdicts took on all the value of military decisions.” 

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