2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

American Wartime Posters of the Twentieth Century
Heather I. Macionus
Prof. John Bohac , Faculty Mentor

Since the American Revolution, posters have played an important role both in shaping and reflecting public notions regarding politics in the United States. The 20th century saw a surge in the production and use of political posters once their value as an effective means of communicating with the public was realized. From the sly recruitment posters of World War I to the protest posters of the Vietnam era and beyond, posters have been and continue to be a visual catalog of history and the sentiments of the majority population. The emergence and rise of the American political poster, specifically those produced in times of war and conflict, as well as the changes in technique and design throughout the 20th century will be examined in a short presentation.

Keywords: Posters, political propaganda, art history, protest , war posters

Topic(s):Art

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 3-1
Location: OP 2210
Time: 8:15 am

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