Embattled Emblems: Posters and Flags of the First World War

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Embattled Emblems: Posters and Flags of the First World War

September 16th, 2017 - August 19th, 2018
New Jersey State Museum
205 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08625
609-292-6464
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Event Description

Timed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American intervention in World War I, this exhibition showcases posters and flags used to stir patriotism and support the cause of war. These are two important collections that are rarely seen by the public. On the eve of World War I, President (and former Governor of New Jersey) Woodrow Wilson faced the difficult task of transforming a peace-minded American people into a populace willing to make supreme sacrifices for the country. Replete with patriotic images and rhetoric, posters used the power of illustration art to raise money for the war effort and induce change in the American mindset towards war. Likewise, the American Expeditionary Force used the flag – a crucial patriotic military tool for centuries – in order to instill identity and pride in regiment, army, and country.