Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: America For All

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

America For All

"Uncle Sam don't keer whether you is white ner black ner blue ner brown" is a line in the essay titled "America for All". A conversation was happening between two men who were friends; one was black and one was white. My initial interpretation of the reading was that its purpose was for recruitment into the sevice.

Then I saw the date; July 1920 and realized that WWI was ending. I was torn between a few opinions on this reading. Whether to take it as just two young men contemplating joining the military and trying to convince people to follow or if it had a deeper meaning; mostly because of the different races of these two men.

This was an essay written by Mildred Adele Barfield from Young Street School in Atlanta, Georgia. The picture in this document shows that she is a black girl. I think that this reading has more to do with the civil rights for blacks then recruitment.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

Yes, WWI ended in 1918. So this document from 1920 is not wartime propaganda. It is about civil rights and integration because this is a document created by the NAACP to education black children about patriotism, service and equality.

3/11/2009 8:43 PM  

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