On May 7, 1915, the British passenger ship Lusitania was hit by repeated torpedo attacks emanating from a German u-boat off the coast of Ireland. Of the 1,960 passengers and crew on board, only 767 survived. 128 of the deceased were American citizens.
In 1925, a bellicose Adolf Hitler understood that he needed the power of mass persuasion to push his political ideology on the German people. Citing propaganda as an essential component of statecraft in Mein Kampf, he wrote that propaganda must “awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings, in finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest the attention and appeal to the hearts of the national masses.” In its early phases, the Nazi party largely depended on Hitler’s own oratory gifts and stage presence to gather more interest and support. This changed dramatically with the party’s rise to political prominence and Hitler’s partnership with chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
April 6, 2017 marked the 100-year anniversary of the United States entering the "Great War," as a belligerent in the conflict. Commercial advertising was already well developed in the U.S. during the time, and an organized campaign to shape public... Continue Reading →
The United States Postal Service unveiled a new collection of commemorative stamps featuring the iconic Works Progress Administration (WPA) posters. The ceremony took place at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. Perhaps one... Continue Reading →
Domesticated horses have been an important component to warfare for well over 5,000 years. Heavy and light cavalry units as well as chariots and other mobilized wagons have played an important role in organized military campaigns across the world. In... Continue Reading →
Scouring through the National Archives digital collection you might come across a few choice items from time to time. Take, for example, this letter from Fidel Castro, dated November 6, 1940. A fourteen year old (not twelve as indicated in... Continue Reading →
No-Shave-November is in full swing across the United States. For those of you wondering why your significant other has been trying to grow either a magnificent face squirrel, full beard, or lame, spotty attempt at either, it's all for charity!... Continue Reading →