Persuasive Weapons: WWI Propaganda Posters is an ongoing digital exhibition and collection hosted by the University of Alabama to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Armistice signing. This collaborative project distinguishes itself from other publicly available collections by providing detailed compositional interpretations for each poster that situate the images historically and locate salient persuasive strategies. The following Report from the Field chronicles the project’s development, outlines the novel methodological approach, and presents select findings to elevate WWI in public memory, guide future research, and invite adoption of similar approaches to the curation of visual material.
Seeing World War I and Poster Propaganda with Fresh Eyes
Jessy J. Ohl is an assistant professor of communication at The University of Alabama. His research interrogates the relationship between war, rhetoric, and democracy. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Armistice and Aftermath Symposium held at Michigan Technological University. Financial support for Persuasive Weapons was provided by a Strategic Funding Committee grant from the University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences. The author wishes to acknowledge Martha Ann Bace, Dr. Kathryn Matheny, Dr. Lorraine Madway, and Sarah Price for the contributions to the project.
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Jessy Ohl; Seeing World War I and Poster Propaganda with Fresh Eyes. The Public Historian 5 August 2020; 42 (3): 114–128. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2020.42.3.114
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