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Powers of Persuasion

By Linda C. Joseph - Posted Jun 15, 2017
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For June 15, 2017: The famous Montgomery Flagg poster greets you as you enter the National Archives' Powers of Persuasion page. It reads I Want You. It was created for World War I and revived for World War II. The exhibit is divided into two parts, one depicting the patriotic sense of duty and the strength of the nation. The second part shows the high stakes and human cost of war. Have your students compare and contrast the colors, symbols, shading, and other techniques that were used in these posters. Have them write about which poster impacts them the most and why. You might also have them write from the perspective of a person living during that time period. Combining the analysis of historical posters with creative writing will generate many valuable discussions.

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