Artist Jacob Lawrence was inspired by the Great Migration and how it changed America. He showed the trek from rural south to urban North and West. This started during WWI. African-Americans were looking for job opportunities and thought they may have better luck in the north. Jim Crow Laws were causing major outbreaks in the south and people wanted to escape the violence that it caused throughout their society. This migration did not end until the 1970’s.
Propaganda was widely used during World War I, and helped aid a United States victory in the war. Propaganda was important on the home front, and helping out the war effort. In order for people to see propaganda and get the most out of it, the creators of the propaganda posted the posters in strategic locations. These strategic locations are not only important, but they were fairly popular places, in which, a lot of people can view the posters. Also, the propaganda creators displayed the posters in certain areas to attract a certain crowd and to get a certain reaction from each gender. For instance, the army wanted to enlist women, so they posted empowering propaganda posters for women to join the work force on the Homefront in salons, grocery stores, and other places women commonly go to.
Propaganda was a major key in the success of home front and victory in WorldWar I. Any sort of shop and area that was normally crowded was the ideal spot for a poster. The poster would touch thousands, if not millions of people, and it got a lot of different genders and ethnicities to join the war effort. I am planning to find a photo of shops and streets with propaganda posters, and I will do so by consulting an expert and using twitter as a network skill.
After researching victory gardens and the conservation of foods, I came across a news article from 1917. The headline read “WOMEN ENCOURAGED TO HOARD FOOD.” As part of the war effort, the United States began partaking in weekly movements like meatless Mondays, and Wheatless Wednesdays. Life on the home front became more minimalistic, and the preservation of produce and other perishable items turned a full 180 degrees when Americans began to can products.
For those of whom that knew how to can, they were encouraged to teach others and the idea of preservation went full swing from there. When talking about the war movement and support on the home front, you don’t have to look much further than our own borders in the United States. Relating back to my first hot log, that examined the economical landscape and the change in production, it can be noticed that these two logs are more connected than maybe first expected. However, when thinking about total war support, it really starts with the essentials to life, food.
While researching the topic of propaganda during WWI, I came across Carl Sandberg. He was born in 1887 to two Swedish parents, and grew up as a working-class citizen. Due to his background as a working-class citizen, this is what led him to start contributing to the war propaganda.
Sandberg was a regular contributor of news and a poet in several liberal and radical magazines, as well as working for the Chicago Daily News as a reporter who focused primarily on the working-class citizens. He appealed so greatly the public, because he considered himself a communist and he wrote in the language of the working class.
Carl Sandburg as an opposer to the war, states;
‘“I am with all the rebels everywhere. Against all those who are satisfied,’ Sandburg once wrote. As far as he was concerned, there was a straight line from the early builders of the American nation, to the 20th century radicals, socialists, and unionists with whom the poet associated” (Peoples Poet 2015)
As Sandburg’s began to create music, he expressed his stance upon the war and all of the happenings in the US. Sandberg was famous in Connecticut though, and because he was highly regarded statewide, he was invited several different occasions to Connecticut to perform. Sandburg’s “collected folk songs and performances are treasures from America’s grassroots. His poetry offers a radical critique of economic exploitation” (“The Peoples Poet” 2015).
Carl Sandburg’s multitude of pieces of work are considered a form of propaganda, because they identify the war and it is used to persuade the public to focus on the workers who were a part of the war effort.
- This article expresses Carl Sandburg’s impact on the US during the war, and tells us about his ties to Connecticut
- This article about Carl Sandburg tells us who Carl Sandberg is and highlights his true intentions with his work.
- This website tells us in greater detail, all of the things Carl Sandburg has done or accomplished over his lifetime. It specifically tells us who Carl Sandberg is and highlights his true intentions with his work.
How I Built This: AOL [Steve Case] PODCAST
The creator of the American Online Inc. [AOL], Steve Case, sits down with Guy Raz to discuss how he created the first American Online social media network. AOL was created to connect users to one another over the Internet by means of email and instant messaging. This invention in the mid-80s shocked the US and became an instant sensation with users across the nation.
(5:00) A large part of PBL is learning from failure; many great innovators succeed after going through consistent failures. How did Steve Case fail during his first stint with a marketing company?
(6:20) As a millennial, It is hard to imagine life without connection to the Internet. Before AOL started, how many people were actually connected to the Internet and what was the average amount of time spent per week on the Internet?
(9:00) As this new addition to the Internet is being discussed, music begins to play in the background. Why do you think this music is being played and how does it make you feel?
(18:00) Why did Steve Case use the term “You’ve Got Mail” to symbolize the notification of when a user received a message from a different user?