Title: Wake up, America! : World War I and the ...
Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+
Edition: First Edition
288pp A detailed and superbly illustrated study of the poster campaign with which the American people were persuaded by the Wilson government to accept involvement in the first world war. Whatever the moral status of the campaign, the posters were artistically superb creations by the likes of Charles Dana Gibson, N. C. Wyeth, Jessie Wilcox Smith and many others, and this book is the first to acknowledge and discuss in detail their artistic merit. Fully illustrated in colour. Bookseller Inventory # 002905
Synopsis: The "War to End All Wars" did not begin as a popular cause. Americans were reluctant to get involved in what they viewed as Europe's war and reelected Woodrow Wilson on his promise to keep this nation out of it. When war became inevitable, public opinion had to be turned around. To do this, the government mobilized the talents of an incredible cadre of artists to create "pictorial publicity" for all aspects of the war effort - from recruiting to war relief to food and fuel conservation. Artists of the calibre of James Montgomery Flagg, Howard Chandler Christy, Charles Dana Gibson, J.C. Leyendecker and N.C. Wyeth produced an impressive -even magnificent - body of art, yet all but a handful of these posters have been almost totally forgotten. In this volume, historian Walton Rawls combines a stirring popular history of America's role in World War I with a remarkable collection of posters that boldly demonstrate their artistic worth. The text, while providing ample art-historical background, concentrates on the all-absorbing historical and political context in which the posters were created. The result is a fascinating look at these artifacts, which can be appreciated today both as graphic masterworks and as illustrations of a tragic historical episode.
From the Publisher: Returning with critical acclaim, this unique popular history of America examines the surprising artistry of World War I posters.
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