“Destroy the Mad Brute” was a 1917 propaganda poster publishedby the United States seeking to spread negative rumors about theGermans. Besides, the poster called on male Americans to registerwith the army to defeat the Germans who were approaching thecoastline. The poster portrays the German as a gorilla who iscarrying a young European woman who is his victim. This tries to showthat the Germans have already captured and destroyed Europe and theimages of a destroyed Europe can be seen behind the gorilla man. Theface of the German military man is scaring, and the message on hisforehead is clear militarism. This is a vilifying message that showsthat Germans did not like peace (Keene 154). Besides, the Germans areportrayed as people who sought to eliminate the American culture andforce their culture on Americans. This is indicated by the club ofculture that the gorilla man is carrying. The portrayal of theGermans as animals in the poster is also extremely vilifying. Animalshave no feelings, and they can easily kill without any forethought.It is also essential to state that the words that are used at the topof the “poster destroy the mad brute,” are demeaning and abusiveto the German people. Although the U.S. wanted to motivate maleAmericans to enlist in the army, the use of such propaganda posterwas an extreme step. There were other civil ways that the governmentwould have used to enlist people into the military rather thanvilifying another race.
About the Sedition Act of 1918, it is evident that it was aimed atcreating loyalty and patriotism amongst the American people. It isthe responsibility of every citizen to support the government,particularly when such a government is in a war with another country.However, this Act sought to eliminate any form government criticism,and every American was supposed to support the war. There is no doubtthat this Act was intended to create unity amongst the Americanswhile going into war (Keene 181). I would have voted for this Actalbeit with slight amendments. Whereas Americans should not have beenallowed to support an enemy in war, varied opinions ought to havebeen given a chance about the war. There is no doubt that there weremany Americans who had different views about the war and theiropinions ought to have been valued.
The poster, "On Which Side of the Window Are You?" was auseful tool by the government to enhance the enlistment of peopleinto the army. The poster was used since it shows the bright side ofAmerica and the dark side. It indicates that the side with thesoldiers is the bright side and the side with the majority people.Conversely, the other side is dark with only one person who seems toregret his decision to join the army. The poster appears to targetthe middle and the high-class Americans who seemed to be reluctant tojoin the army (Keene 175). Research has demonstrated that there wasindeed some correlation between elites and pacifism. Most middle andhigh-class Americans who were educated never preferred war butbelieved that all international disputes could be resolveddiplomatically. The person in the poster who is against the armybelongs to the middle class, and this can be seen through his dresscode. There is an element of truth in the statement that World War Iwas a rich man’s war, poor man’s fight. During the war, many poorpeople believed that they were in what was called forced servitude.There were protests in New York over the war and the huge number ofindividuals who were dying in the war. The rich men who orchestratedthe war were sitting comfortably in their offices.
Keene, Jennifer D. Visions of America. Pearson Education:Pearson, 2015. Print.