I just posted this for class (This week's discussion is World War II's affect on the home front via propaganda and lifestyle changes), and felt like sharing it:
Propaganda: (n) Information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause.
Propaganda itself is not intrinsically "Good" or "Evil," as everybody sues it in some form or another. What we should argue about is whether it is accurate propaganda, dishonest propaganda, and what its exact purpose is. War is especially nasty, as it always results in many necessary and unnecessary evils. The word "propaganda" itself has an immensely perjorative association, though. In the meantime, I have uploaded several images from my own hard drive as well as provided an immensely entertaining link. All of this is actual World War II Propaganda, and as a warning for the faint of heart, msot of it is not exactly racially-sensitive.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/slapajap03.jpg - This one is famous, and rightly so. Shouldn't Superman be using his time to singlehandedly win the war rather than print those posters, though?
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/ridewithhitler.jpg - If this is true, then I brong Hitler with me to class all the time. I hope he likes Steppenwolf.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/Murdering_Jap_jk.jpg - I'm pretty sure that these people are still at their jobs now. They have to be.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/bombs3.jpg - Inspiration for all housewives who want to Do Their Part.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/freedom.jpg - It's hard to make out, but I believe that Reverend might be black.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/PosterYoureNext.jpg - Forget Superman. Uncle Sam should've singlehandedly won the war.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/propaganda-soldier.gif - This goes well with our text, as most of the cost-saving tips are directly described on the poster itself.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/This_is_the_Enemy_jk.jpg - Powerful imagery, even if you're non-Christian.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/unclsam1.jpg - Fairly nondescript, but it directly discusses higher taxes and war bonds.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/wastime.gif - Stop wasting time!
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/canadianwork.jpg - Inspiration for Rosie the Riveters everywhere.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/WorkerVoteForTheFrontSoldierHitler.jpg - This is an actual Nazi poster. The filename is the translation of the text.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/All_Germany_Listens_to_the_Fuhrer_j.jpg - Another German poster, translation is in filename.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/gwwii001.jpg - A German poster depicting a happy Nazi family. I do not have a translation for this.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/gwwii002.jpg - German, depicting support for the Fuhrer as being what removes the chains of oppression.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/gwwii004.jpg - I wish taht I had a translation for this one.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/gwwii006.jpg - in this poster, you see the full name of the Nazi party.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/gwwii007.jpg - Also German, telling us to say YES!
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/Ridureyu/propaganda/gwwii008.jpg - This is extraordinarily straightforward, and could pass for a metal album cover.
And finally, here is a collection of political cartoons drawn by none other than Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel: http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dspolitic/