This project will examine what visual propaganda, or propaganda art, is and how it has been used in political movements in modern Western history. It will examine how the propaganda was used and by whom, and whether it was effective at achieving its goals. The project will analyze the methods and motives of the creators of propaganda in addition to propaganda itself; it will analyze propaganda as a tool of political communication.
The research will involve surveying pieces of propaganda within a specific political framework
and reflecting on certain key characteristics:
1. Who created the piece?
2. Who was the intended audience for the piece?
3. For what purpose was the piece created? What where the intentions/hopes of the
4. In what way was this piece of propaganda effective or ineffective for the creators?
5. What was the opposition’s response to the propaganda?
6. Did this movements’ propaganda impact the way we use it today? How is it still relevant?
The movements surveyed will be as follows:
Definition: What is propaganda?
American Civil War
Cold War/Red Scare
Black Panther and Student Movement
Green and Animal Rights Movements
Liz Johnson is a graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. There she studied Social Justice with a focus in Alternative Knowledge: How Radical Ideas are Communicated in Society and Global Studies with a focus in Global Politics. Her study consisted primarily of social movements, the role of film and art in social movements, and revolutionary left political theory.