One of the things that I like to do when I talk to people about history is the use of imagery to understand the effects of war and how it could be used as propaganda by the Allies and the Axis. Both used propaganda to sell their goals and reasons. The Nazis were far more sinister in their propaganda efforts.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve last given an update on my Hollywood and government cooperation during World War II project. It is progressing along, sometimes quickly and at other times at a snail’s pace.
Hollywood enlisted and then some during World War II. Actors, writers, directors, producers, cameramen and other workers either joined the ranks of the military to fight on the front lines or they worked with the government to produce films to “inform” the American public. As I conduct my research into the collaboration between the film industry and the government, I’ve come across several useful links.
There was no better way for the U.S. government to prepare America for laid ahead after the Pearl Harbor than putting Hollywood to work. The basis of a project I am currently working on is an expansion of two papers I wrote while in college.
History in today’s world requires an understanding of the past. Or as I like to say, context is everything when doing comparisons. My point is: avoid history books that condense down a subject or a historical documentary on a TV channel. Go to the source: read newspaper articles from the time period.