Danny Nunez
Period 6
Propaganda in the Cold War: US POV
During the the cold war, propaganda was at a high in the East. This type of psychological warfare introduced movies, books, poems, and plays were made to make the US look bad. The USSR wanted them to look evil, and their people to fear them. These propaganda pieces were not just made for the Communist to look at the US in a bad way, but it was aimed internationally so others wouldn’t join capitalism, but stayed with communism.
The United States made communism look as if they were the worst people in the world. They made paintings, art, comics and other works ruining the image of the communist so others can think that they are the bad ones. Throughout the 1950’s, Hollywood was in a very rich position and exported a lot of its productions worldwide, of anti communism art.
Due to America’s high marketing in propaganda, They led one of the most successful propaganda campaigns in history. Primarily to the effectiveness of print media, which in this segment includes newspapers, posters and books. The most common poster shared was a map of the Soviet Union during the cold war to make others afraid of its large expansion and power.
While Truman acknowledged the importance of propaganda as a peacetime instrument of foreign policy; using this rather than going to war it was primarily the Cold War that institutionalized propaganda as a permanent instrument of U.S. foreign policy. A widespread belief developed that the United States was losing the “war of ideas” to the Soviet Union’s supposedly superior propaganda apparatus. As Cold War tensions intensified, the United States gradually expanded its propaganda capabilities in all areas, they had to beat the Soviets propaganda effort.
In order to combat enemy lies, the U.S. needed to promote the truth. The USSR used lies to change the image of how Capitalism was perceived. To come back these false accusations, Truman started the Psychological Strategy Board to coordinate the American psychological warfare effort. The board acted as a coordinating body for all nonmilitary Cold War activities, including covert operations. It supervised programs for aggressive clandestine warfare and propaganda measures against the Soviets propaganda.