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This study continues the research presented in Graphic Editorials, which looked at the visual dynamic of political cartoons as it related to the American response the two World Wars. Political cartoons and posters were often accompanied by songs of nationalism. Art history is often viewed through the lens of historic events. Wars often needed art to promote the national sentiment of the government. Each faction believed that their cause was not valid but a righteous. One could hardly imagine that the Nazi cause was neither righteous nor valid, but to the German people the need to overcome the financial and emotional losses was vital. The vicious allies needed to be crushed. British posters stressed the need to stop at all cost the German danger. This sentiment was not just rhetorical, but also physical with the bombing of English cities. In addition to the British and the Americans, the Soviet Union played a vital role in the war effort. Their posters tell a story of triumph over the Germans. The songs that grew out the wars were catchy, almost playful tunes—not dirges. This study will look at the European response to World War 2 and the songs that were used to stimulate the people.

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