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War and Speech: Propaganda, Patriotism and Dissent in the Great War

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November 11, 2017 – January 31, 2019

Image of War and Speech 2War and Speech: Propaganda, Patriotism, and Dissent in the Great War explores the new ways in which Americans understood civic duty and free speech during World War I. Propaganda posters produced by the United States government, by commercial lithographers, and by average citizens created a new, modern way of signifying patriotism and the American people. At the same time, government declared a war on speech, curbing dissent and anti-war speech through law.

Not all citizens and residents—women, African Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants—participated fully in the American body politic. Yet they were encouraged to enlist wholeheartedly in the cause. What America, then, did propaganda images represent? War and Speech provides a window to this historic moment, framing Americans’ ideas about nation and citizenship, and about speech and power, in this critical era.

The MSU Museum, in partnership with Virginia Tech and the MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab, is presenting a Virtual Reality (VR) program exploring the tunnels of Vauquois, France, during World War I. For four years the French and German armies fought almost entirely underground at Vauquois, using mine warfare and obliterating the town. See also a 360-degree video detailing the lives of soldiers and townspeople during these devastating years of tunnel warfare.

Experience the Mixed Reality at the Digital Scholarship Lab in the MSU Main Library (across the street from the Museum) in the 2nd floor West.


Spring Semester
January 8, 2019 – February 24, 2019
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Sundays


Listen to WKAR’s Scott Pohl tour War and Speech: Propaganda and Patriotism in the Great War at the MSU Museum with Shirley Wajda.

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