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War and the Health of the State

Edited by Andrew L. Johns and Kenneth Osgood

in Selling War in a Media Age

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034669
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038742 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034669.003.0003
War and the Health of the State

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This chapter explores how Woodrow Wilson helped transform methods of governance and establish precedents for dealing with perceived national emergencies during the rest of the twentieth century and beyond. It considers how the Wilson administration created a new political art form—selling war through a combination of persuasion and coercion—to mobilize a hesitant American public in support of “the war to end all wars.” The chapter examines how this effort sparked a debate—which continues to the present day—regarding the relationship between the manipulation of public opinion and the health of the democracy. “Selling war”—through a combination of persuasion and coercion—became a new political art form during the wartime presidency of Woodrow Wilson.

Keywords: Woodrow Wilson; wartime presidency; national emergencies; selling war; public opinion; democracy

Chapter.  7732 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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