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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

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