P is for propaganda and patriotism. It’s not exactly the cute title of one of the recently discovered manuscripts by Dr. Seuss.
Propaganda and patriotism is the subject of the library exposition at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach through March 31. It explores the use of “Educational pamphlets, coloring books, nursery rhyme books, games, and juvenile literature (that) were published to reach young audiences…“ during World War I.
Children were also targeted by the Nazis during World War II. Hitler’s Jugend (youth) movement indoctrinated youth who were forced to join. Those with approved blood lines were considered a vital part of the Nazi movement.
A recent chilling video by ISIL claims to show a child gunning down a Palestinian. The terrorist group refers to these children as “cubs for the caliphate.”
From books to guns, we’ve come a long way.