Research. Propaganda during the Spanish Civil War (Research Paper Sample)
Read Turabian's Student's Guide To Writing College Papers, pp. 44-55. Focus specifically on the importance of primary sources and ways to evaluate sources for your research.
2. Read Orwell, chs. 8-9 (15 pages).
3. Look at the posters available on this site: https://bir(dot)brandeis(dot)edu/handle/10192/25550
Search for 2 posters (primary sources!) on the site by using the search tool on the top right (Limit to "This collection"!) and trying to locate posters specifically on Barcelona and/or P.O.U.M. (or different factions) that might have been active while Orwell was there in late 1936/1937. The posters might be in Spanish and you might need to look up on Google Translate what they say — or you might need to think about what the visuals are trying to convey.
Think about our discussions of the uses of propaganda during these months of the Civil War and how these posters might convey ideas/themes that we have encountered in our readings — especially in Orwell and Graham. You might need to go back to these texts, as you search these posters, to review some of these themes.
As your response, post the posters you selected and a short, well-composed thesis (a few sentences might do) that might be built around these posters and the Orwell and/or Graham texts we have discussed in class so far.
Give this some thought before you post, as this will be the topic of the first paper.
Subject and Section
Propaganda during the Spanish Civil War
Propaganda is an important element that the State and other forces used in order to win their battles. Primarily, this is because the effective use of propaganda allows those in power to influence how others think, thereby causing them to create their own self-rationalization of the events happening around them. In the articles written by Orwell and Graham, the importance of propaganda was explicitly shown through how they write their compositions.
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