Selling the War to the American Public
Conflict on the Homefront: Wisconsin During World War I
"I hereby create a Committee on Public Information (CPI), to be composed of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Navy, and a civilian who shall be charged with the executive direction of the Committee. As civilian chairman of the committee, I appoint Mr. George Creel."
Woodrow Wilson - April 14, 1917
With these words President Wilson set in motion one of the earliest, full-scale governmental public relations campaigns. The posters in this section highlight a small portion of the propaganda that was used to promote a national consensus of support for the war.
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World War I Posters
- Entire World War I Poster Package (PDF, 2.5MB)
- Background and Suggested Activities (PDF, 100KB)
- I Want You for the US Army (PDF, 175KB)
- Eat More Corn, Oats, and Rye (PDF, 222KB)
- That Liberty Shall Not Perish (PDF, 282KB)
- Food Will Win the War (PDF, 201KB)
- Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man (PDF, 196KB)
- Lend Your Money (PDF, 256KB)
- Poster Analysis Sheet (PDF, 50KB)
- Are You Working? (PDF, 204KB)
- Work or Go to Jail ) (PDF, 175KB)
- Cut-A-Cord (PDF, 287KB)
- Ein Offener Brief (An Open Letter) (PDF, 313KB)
- Local Poster Analysis Sheet (PDF, 50KB)