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“In Terms of Peoples Rather Than Nations”: World War II Propaganda and Conceptions of U.S. Foreign Policy

Justin Hart

in The United States and the Second World War

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231201
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240791 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823231201.003.0004

Series: World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension

“In Terms of             Peoples Rather Than Nations”: World War II Propaganda and Conceptions of U.S.             Foreign Policy

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This chapter highlights the Office of War Information's (OWI) crucial role in the formulation of postwar foreign policy and provides a thorough examination of the agency. It focuses on the OWI during 1942 and 1943 and highlights in particular the OWI's critical role in popularizing the concept of a postwar United Nations and in trying unsuccessfully to bridge the chasm separating America's wartime idealism with its all-too-obvious racism. It traces how profound differences over wartime propaganda, combined with political backbiting and policy disagreements, crippled the agency. It recognizes how the agency's wartime role profoundly influenced the conduct of the nation's Cold War propaganda campaign.

Keywords: Office of War Information; postwar foreign policy; wartime idealism; racism; wartime propaganda; Cold War propaganda

Chapter.  12575 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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