Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Primary Documents

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Primary Documents

Trumbull White writes in "Our War With Spain", the war was “civilization against barbarism, freedom against oppression, education against ignorance, progress against retrogression, the west against the east, the United Stated against Spain.” He goes on to state that the US had been at peace for thirty years and now the American people must fight for “humanity and righteous justice, to take arms again in the cause of liberty.” These statements show right away the presses involvement. This author was in full support of the war and made it seem everyone else was too. He made them seem proud and happy to be fighters.

I think this is a really great example of how the newspapers influenced the war. The paper is telling the reader that this is a good thing and that the war is good, not bad. He's raising support for the war through the paper.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

Trumbull White's book is a good example of wartime rhetoric. Good vs. Bad. Clear oppositions make for clear choices in wartime. Civilization vs. Barbarism, freedom vs oppression. Reducing complexity to simple binary oppostions.

3/13/2006 10:59 PM  

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