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One World, Big ScreenHollywood, the Allies, and World War II$
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M. Todd Bennett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835746

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837467_bennett

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One World, Big Screen

One World, Big Screen

The United Nations and American Horizons

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One World, Big Screen

M. Todd Bennett

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter investigates the role played by movies in disseminating knowledge about the wider world, placing the United States at the center of the global community. Studies reveal that Americans were ignorant about foreign affairs and suspicious of the Allies. Because popular resistance to the United Nations reached the highest levels of the U.S. government, the Office of War Information (OWI) orchestrated multimedia propaganda campaigns with the United Nations as a key part of its comprehensive strategy. Moving pictures rendered foreign relations understandable and meaningful to the widest possible audience, educating Americans who were relatively unfamiliar with the world beyond U.S. borders.

Keywords:   movies, United States, foreign affairs, Allies, United Nations, Office of War Information, OWI, multimedia propaganda, foreign relations

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