War and Speech: Propaganda, Patriotism, and Dissent in the Great War explores the new ways in which Americans understood civic duty and free speech during World War I. Propaganda posters produced by the United States government, by commercial lithographers, and by average citizens created a new, modern way of signifying patriotism and the American people. At the same time, government declared a war on speech, curbing dissent and anti-war speech through law.
Not all citizens and residents—women, African Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants—participated fully in the American body politic. Yet they were encouraged to enlist wholeheartedly in the cause. What America, then, did propaganda images represent? War and Speech provides a window to this historic moment, framing Americans' ideas about nation and citizenship, and about speech and power, in this critical era.