This online lesson explores different facets of life on the American home front during World War I, in conjunction with the exhibition titled Over There! Posters from World War I, on view from July 26, 2014 - June 14, 2015.
This online gallery was created in conjunction with the exhibition titled Over There! Posters from World War I, on view from July 26, 2014 - June 14, 2015 in the Frances Vrachos and and Mary Stamas Galleries. This lesson in particular explores the various initiatives that were created on the American home front, to help finance World War I. These initiatives included purchasing bonds through various loan acts, planting victory gardens, conserving food, and donating books to local libraries to send to the soldiers. The images in this gallery show that there were many other aspects to America's World War I involvement in addition to physically fighting abroad. The posters in this gallery make up just a few examples of the popular propaganda posters created during the war, which were intended to persuade individuals on the home front to support America's role in World War I.
In exploring this lesson, students will:
- Discover various initiatives on the home front started to help the war effort, such as liberty loans, victory gardens, food conservation, book donation, and shipbuilding.
- Learn about and identify the imagery used in World War I propaganda.
This discovery will require students to:
- Consider how the high cost of war led to various initiatives on the home front.
- Make statements grounded in their observations of posters in this gallery.
Using this Resource:
- History teachers and their students will be interested in the various initiatives present on the American home front during World War I, what sparked these initiatives, and how they helped finance the war.
- Mathematics teachers and their students will be interested in the economics behind how victory bonds and loans helped to finance the war.
- Visual arts teachers and their students will be interested in the imagery utilized in World War I propaganda.
For sample related classroom activities, download the PDFs available under Related Resources.
The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web source -- or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries -- to look for other objects that will provide further insights into World War I posters.