Politics and American Culture During WWII (3). John Morton Blum.
Why read it? Perspective from the Home Front in World War II. The effects of American propaganda on the American people. A completely different view of a war from our more recent wars,
“The wartime function of the movies is to build morale, and morale is… education… inspiration… confidence.”
“…every picture, romantic or dramatic or funny, would ‘involve consciousness of war.’ ” p. 25.
“The forthright facts…would depress people to the point of suicide.” p. 28.
“MacLeish could not…feel comfortable with the prospect of suburban love and life as the objective of the war.” p. 28.
“MacLeish was caught…as others had been before him, in the clash of competing bureaucracies in Washington.” p. 30.
“The result, as he [MacLeish] put it to Roosevelt, was a
To be continued.