Re: WW1 Propaganda videos

Rgoldfilm@aol.com
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 12:48:29 -0400 (EDT)

WWI was really the birth of systematic propaganda (later called public
relations) in America. Pres. Woodrow Wilson set up the massive Committee for
Public Information (sic) (also called the Creel Committee, for its head,
former muckraking journalist George Creel), and besides producing pamphlets,
speaking committees, posters, etc., were many films. Among the most
prominent were "America's Answer" and "Pershing's Crusaders"-- both available
(silent, I believe) from the National Archives in Washington, DC. (Actually,
they've moved recently to Maryland--suburban DC-- and I don't have a contact
number.) A book written by George Creel in the early 1920s (I forget it's
name) documents this committee's effort wonderfully (if not critically), and
lists all of the films they made.

Rick Goldsmith