Music as Propaganda in WWI


From Kansas Public Radio, a service of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

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All year long, we’ve been commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. In the fall of 1914, battles were already raging in Europe, but the United States remained on the sidelines. Still, pressure was building for the nation to help its European allies. The federal government soon began formulating a plan to use the media to convince Americans that the country should get involved. KPR’s Tom Parkinson has this report on how popular music was used to sell Americans on the war.

For the broadcast, click Music as Propaganda in World War I

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