Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Trumbull White on the War on Spain

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Trumbull White on the War on Spain

In the article A War for Liberty and Humanity 1898 by Trumbull White , it is evident how the mastery of words in any document can create a feeling or idealism.
Trumbull uses a positive versus a negative , the United States being the positive and Spain being the negative, word to build a feeling of righteousness to the U.S. and villainy to Spain . For example "education against ignorance" and freedom against oppression.
" The great heart of the nation has swelled with pride at the righteousness of the cause ... the eternal history will praise America for this year's work", gives a sense of nationalism , also it is as if that statement was designed depict America as a savior for an " obsolete nation"

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

True enough. This document presents the war as simple opposition between good and evil. The job of a propagandist is to reduce complex issues to a battle between right and wrong, creating a stark binary opposition that will leave no middle ground and inspire action and certainty.

4/05/2006 11:01 PM  

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