How We Advertised America [George Creel] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This Is A New Release Of The Original Edition. How we advertised America; the first telling of the amazing story of the Committee on the gospel of Americanism to every corner of the globe, by George Creel. From George Creel, How We Advertised America (Macmillan, ), pp. [ Journalist George Creel, who oversaw the Committee on Public Information during.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. We amreica to give in this way a true picture of the American democracy, not only in its war activities, but also in its devotion to wdvertised interests of peace. The importance of the spoken word was not underestimated. Partizanship, as a matter of course, played a larger part in this attitude, but a great deal of it proceeded from what the French call “profes- sional deformation.

On February 21,we released a statement from the Secretary o War in which this assertion was made: Likewise we supplied pamphlets for translation and distribution, and sent speakers, selected in the United States from among our foreign-born, to lect- ure in the universities and schools, or else to go about among the farmers, to advertksed labor unions, de the mer- chants, etc.

It assembled the artists of America on a volunteer basis for the production of posters, window-cards, and similar material of pictorial publicity for the use of various govern- ment departments and patriotic societies.

Some thirty-odd booklets, covering every phase of America’s ideals, purposes, and aims, were printed in many languages other than English. It was about eleven o’clock and dark, but there was some phosphorus in the water and it was easy to see the bubbles from the torpedoes. This daily news service by wire and radio was sup- plemented by a mail service of special articles and illus- trations that went into foreign newspapers and magazines and technical journals and periodicals of special appeal.

The approval of the world meant the steady flow of inspiration into the trenches; it meant the strengthened resolve and the renewed determination of the civilian population that is a nation’s second line.

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The printed word, the spoken word, the motion picture, the telegraph, the cable, the wireless, the poster, the sign-board all these were used in our campaign to make our own people and advertise other peoples understand the causes that compelled America to take arms.


Charges of partizanship, dishonesty, and disloyalty were hurled regu- larly at the Committee, and when I asked to be heard Hoow was told, invariably, that “the incident was closed. The officials fear that the people will be stam- peded by false news and sensational scare stories.

I submit a verbatim copy of the document: By way of contribution to the general confusion, various correspondents attempted to prove that I had given the Associated Press authoriza- tion for the release, and printed the falsehood that the Secre- tary of War had “broken” relations with the Committee in consequence.

And they shoot a soldier for a passive act like sleeping at his post! Newspaper men, it must be remembered, were holding peace-time jobs while geprge sacrificed or fought. I am obliged to be- lieve that the sword is mightier than the pen.

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Unlike other countries, the United States had no sub- sidized press service with which to meet the emergency. They were part of the war-machine, and, since this machine was operating under the direction of a Democratic Presi- dent, it had to be discredited. Even to-day, when the war is a thing of the past, can it be said that the card contained a word ameriac a phrase to which any decent American could take objection?

At the Church of the Ascension, I had spoken for an hour, and for more than an hour answered questions bearing upon every phase of public misunderstanding. It was the fight for the minds amercia men, for the “conquest of their convictions,” and the battle-line ran through amedica home in every country. Nothing is so keen a commentary upon the honesty of this whole inimical Senate group as the fact that not once was I called before a committee, either for explanation or defense.

Other wars went no deeper than the physical aspects, but German Kultur raised issues that had to be fought out in the hearts and minds of people as well as on the actual firing-line. So, it was of the greatest importance that America in this war should be represented not merely as a strong man fully armed, but as a strong man fully armed and believing in the cause for which he was ameeica.

A great work has been done and will be done through the medium of the picture-film. Cmac marked it as to-read Dec 13, The volume of informa- tion that went out from our shores was small, and, what was worse, it was concerned only with the violent and unusual in our national life.


There are many people in this room who have been in Europe since we entered this war, and nobody could possibly go to France, xii FOREWORD enter a port, and travel from any port of France to the front-line trenches without recognizing the energy and efficiency of his own nation; the strength and skill of his own fellow-countrymen; the inventive genius of America; the large capacity for industrial output of America stamped all over France. Under the provisions of our Constitution a member of Congress cannot be held to account for any utterance on the floor of the Senate or House.

A world that was either inimical, uow, or indif- ferent was changed into a world of friends and well-wishers. From Tuckerton the service flashed to England, and from England there was relay to Holland, the Scandinavian countries, and Russia. Creel; the feeling is that while our names have been used as members of the Committee on Hos Information, its labors have been the labors of Mr. Information of the laying geofge mines or mine-fields or of any harbor defenses.

Baker “saw 1, American airplanes in France. With regard to any criticism either express or implied of statements given to the press by the Secretary of the Navy, I doubt very much whether any of the persons from whom Mr. As a matter of fact, I was strongly opposed to the censor- ship bill, and delayed acceptance of office until the Presi- dent had considered approvingly the written statement of my views on the subject.

An exceedingly dull man and a very vain one deadly combination his vanity fosters his igno- rance by persistent refusal to confess it. As swiftly as might be, there were put into pamphlet form America’s reasons for entering the war, the meaning of America, the nature of our free institutions, our war aims, likewise analyses of the Prussian system, the pur- poses of the imperial German government, and full ex- posure of the enemy’s misrepresentations, aggressions, and barbarities.

Although disproved fully, the falsehood persisted to our hurt and discredit, and even to this day there are people honestly of the opinion that the initial troop-ships had a “safe and un- eventful voyage.