Uncle Sam, the Kaiser, and Women: Images of American and German Nationalism and Gender in WWI Propaganda Posters

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Gender, United States, Germany, World War I, Nationalism, propoganda


Comparative Politics | European History | United States History | Women's History


This study loos at the different themes depicted in both American and German propaganda posters during the First World War. The posters produced in the United States and Germany during the First World War reflected nationalism as well as gender roles in the respective countries. Although nationalism and wartime roles of women were different in the United States and Germany, artists from both countries continuously produced these themes in wartime propaganda posters. Many different artists contributed their talents to support the war effort in both the United States and Germany. James Montgomery Flagg, Charles Dana Gibson, and Howard Chandler Christy, among many other American poster artists fulfilled their patriotic duty by producing propaganda posters. In Germany Sachplakat artists such as Lucian Bernhard, Louis Oppenheim, and Hans Rudi Erdt produced posters for the German home front. The propaganda posters that artists from the United States and Germany produced reflect themes of nationalism and gender that were specific to each country.

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