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US propaganda poster depicting World War II and Revolutionary War soldiers

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.46

US propaganda poster featuring World War II soldiers marching in front of Revolutionary War soldiers. The poster associates World War II soldiers with Continental Army soldiers and, with the large caption, implies that the United States was fighting in World War II for the same reasons the nation fought the Revolutionary War at the end of the 18th century. The image was created by American-Jewish artist, Bernard Perlin, who studied at the Art Students League in New York and created post office murals for the Works Projects Administration (WPA) prior to the war. During the war, he created pro-war propaganda for the Office of War information (OWI), and later served as a war artist correspondent for Life and Fortune magazines. The need to manage information about the war on the home front led to the establishment of the OWI in June 1942. This office controlled the design and distribution of war information to the American public in print, radio, and film media. The OWI commissioned work from leading artists to create posters to inspire and instill confidence and patriotism in the American public. The OWI also ran information campaigns for civilian agencies, War Bond drives, and campaigns to ramp up economic production for the war effort. New posters were distributed every two weeks, with the stated goal of placing posters in every city and town in the United States.

Artwork Title
Americans Will Always Fight for Liberty
publication/distribution:  1943
publication: Washington (D.C.)
War propaganda
War posters.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:26:12
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