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

Main GalleryPoster from the War and Speech exhibit
November 11, 2017 - November 11, 2018

War 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‚ÄĒwomen, African Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants‚ÄĒparticipated 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.

Join us on the Saturdays below in the Main Gallery for curator-led tours by Shirley Wajda, MSU Museum curator of history.

1:00 p.m. - January 6
1:00 p.m. - February 17
1:00 p.m. - March 17
1:00 p.m. - April 14
1:00 p.m. - May 19

11:00 a.m. -  June 16
11:00 a.m. - July 14
11:00 a.m. - August 18

1:00 p.m. - September 15
1:00 p.m. - October 13
1:00 p.m. - November 3

Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives presentations
Monday, February 19, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m., MSU Museum Auditorium
"A War of Words: Labor and Anti-Radical Propaganda during World War I," presented by Shirley Wajda, MSU Museum curator of history.

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m., MSU Main Library Room 449W
"1917/Copper!: World War I and the War on Labor," presented by Charlie King as part of the MSU Library Colloquia Series 

Led by Mary Worrall, Curator of Cultural Heritage
Each of these curator-led, behind-the-scenes tours meets at the MSU Museum Cultural Collections Resource and Education Center and is limited to 15 participants. Participants will need to climb a short flight of stairs to enter the building. Pre-registration required for each event.
TO REGISTER, call 517-355-2373 or e-mail jilda@msu.edu

Friday, March 9, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Central Services Building, 570 West Cedar Road
"World War I Era Dress"

Friday, May 11, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Central Services Building, 570 West Cedar Road
"Patriotic Quilts"  

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