College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in History - Thesis (MA)
Martin S. Catino
Propaganda, World War II, Popular Culture
Bryan, Baillie Victoria Catherine, "Popular Culture and World War II Propaganda" (2022). Masters Theses. 846.
Popular culture in relation to World War II has been explored by various scholars over the years. They have deeply examined how radio, film, and other forms of media helped the war effort along and how Hollywood became engaged in the war effort, but there has been a lack of in-depth analysis of the major themes across the mediums. This thesis will examine how film, radio, cartoons, and comic books came together to become a powerful tool of propaganda and public information for the American home front and military. It is an in-depth examination of the major themes that were common in the American media, how they deeply reflected the culture of war time America, and how the government used them to promote national security objectives.