Events

Posters of World War II through June 30

June 14, 2010

While the troops were fighting overseas during World War II, there was a war being fought at home for the hearts and minds of the American people with words and images. From the beginning of the war until the end, posters were being used by the U.S. Government to garner support and to create patriotism in the American people.

Posters of World War II - Fighting a war with words and images
Archives and Special Collections Exhibit
2nd floor, Morgan Library
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.
Exhibit runs through June 30, 2010
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'Nothing less than full victory'

On June 6, 1944, a day later to be known as D-Day, Allied troops landed on the heavily-fortified beaches of Normandy, France. By the end of the day, 160,000 Allied troops supported by 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircrafts gained control in Normandy. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called this an operation in which "we will accept nothing less than full victory."

War at home for hearts and minds

Sixty-six years later, we celebrate that victory. While the troops were fighting overseas, there was a war being fought at home for the hearts and minds of the American people with words and images. From the beginning of the war until the end, posters were being used by the U.S. Government to garner support and to create patriotism in the American people.

Posters of persuasion

This exhibit displays World War II posters that span the years 1942-1943 and demonstrate the different forms of persuasion used to encourage the American public to assist with the war effort.