Propaganda can be defined as the ability "to produce and spread fertile messages that, once sown, will germinate in large human cultures.” However, in the 20th century, a “new” propaganda emerged, which revolved around political organizations and their need to communicate messages that would “sway relevant groups of people in order to accommodate their agendas”. First developed by the Lumiere brothers in 1896, film provided a unique means of accessing large audiences at once. Film was the first universal mass medium in that it could simultaneously influence viewers as individuals and members of a crowd, which led to it quickly becoming a tool for governments and non-state organizations to project a desired ideological message. As Nancy Snow stated in her book, Information War: American Propaganda, Free Speech and Opinion Control Since 9-11, propaganda "begins where critical thinking ends." . . . continue reading>>
Henry Browne, Farmer (1942): Documentary short film dramatizing the efforts of a black farmer and his family to help the American effort by increasing farm production during World War II.
Narrated by Canada Lee.
Internet Archive: http://archive.org/details/HenryBro1942
Wings for this Man (1945): A propaganda film produced in 1945 by the U.S. Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first unit of African-American pilots in the US military.
Narrated by Ronald Reagan
Department of the Army
Army Air Forces Special Film Project Number 151
Wings for This Man AVA08663VNB1, 1945