Propaganda and Harry S. Truman’s St. Louis 1948 Reelection Speech
For this unit activity, students will be encouraged to identify and analyze various forms of propaganda in President Harry S. Truman’s reelection address to Kiel Auditorium on October 30, 1948. Our class will consider the use of propaganda during World War I and II as a means of review and study propaganda during the Cold War as a major tool of foreign policy and government influence on the society. You must find three different examples of propaganda from this speech and produce two additional examples on your own. Your two productions can look like or be modeled after other pieces of media, but you must construct them with aspects of your own creativity or originality (they can’t just be copied). For your two examples, you can select any historical time period in the 20th century and any current topic in the news. Of the two examples that you create for this project, one must take the form of either a visual poster, a written piece or an example of a video. You will have to do an analysis on each piece of propaganda!!! (See bottom of this page).
Types of propaganda to be analyzed
Poster/ visual, written work, video-film
Historical time periods that must be covered (must have one of each)
Step one: President Harry S. Truman’s Reelection Address on October 30, 1948
Step two: Any Two Historical Time Period in 20th century or more currently in the 21st century
Rubric for unit activity (15 points per example X 5 = 75 points)
______ out of 25 Examples of each piece of propaganda (5 points each)
Step three: Answer the Questions below on each of the five pieces of propaganda.
1) What is the topic? What is the creator of this piece of propaganda saying about the topic?
2) What is the message? How did the creator intend to spread this message?
3) Analyze the techniques (see Page 4) observed in this example. Describe how at least two techniques are used and why they would be used to spread this message?
______ out of 50 Analysis Answer the following questions: (10 points each)
________ out of 75 (total of 5 propaganda examples)