Known as “weapons on the walls,” propaganda posters played a huge role in World War II, providing morale boosting messages, instilling the need for silence and secrecy, and bringing home the importance of what each soldier and worker did. The posters were vital in conveying how important it was that everyone pull together, and that any slacking, selfishness, or gossip could have disastrous consequences. There was also a need to dehumanize the enemy, making it okay for people to make weapons that killed, because our enemies would do the same if they weren’t stopped. “We Can Do It,” “Loose Lips Sink Ships,” and “I Want You” are sayings that have become ingrained on the American consciousness. These and others were part of propaganda campaigns used during WWII to unite the American people towards a common cause. (The National WWII Museum, 2013)

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