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.

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