*Selling the War*
During World War 1, $35.5 billion
dollars was spent on the war .To pay of that debt the government tried to raise
money through the public by taxes like progressive income taxes, war profits
taxes and taxes on tobacco ,liquor and luxury goods. Movie stars would also
speak at schools, factories, and on street corners.
The government earned the rest of the money through
public borrowing, selling “Liberty loan” and “Victory loan”
bonds. Different posters were made by artist’s to tell people to save their
food and not to waste it ,they also had posters trying to get people, to join
the war and support it .A propaganda agency was also set up ,called CPI ,which
was the Committee on Public Information. The head leader of that agency was
George Creel ,who was a former muckraking journalist.
The CPI had 75,000 speakers tour the country to get support for the government wartime
policies. It also distributed 75 million pamphlets and produced dozens of anti-German
films and expositions.
sited: World History Textbook