Mexico, la Patria : Propaganda and Production During World War II

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr

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During the 1930s Mexico was undergoing a healing process after three decades of revolutionary turmoil and reform. In this climate, The coming of World War II became a major turning point in the legacy of the Mexican Revolution, offering the country a unique opportunity to unite against a common external enemy. The war also thrust the nation into an international forum as Germany And The United States launched propaganda campaigns to win over the Mexican people. In ¡México, la patria! Monica A. Rankin examines the pervasive domestic and foreign propaganda strategies in Mexico during World War II and their impact on Mexican culture, charting the evolution of these campaigns through popular culture, advertisements, art, and government publications throughout the war and beyond. In particular, Rankin shows how World War II allowed the wartime government of Avila Camacho to justify an aggressive industrialization program following the Mexican Revolution. Finally, tracing how the American government's wartime propaganda laid the basis for a long-term effort to shape Mexican attitudes toward the country's neighbour To The north, ¡México, la patria! reveals the increasing influence of American culture on the development of Mexico's post-war identity.

Author Biography

Monica A. Rankin is an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
List of Tablesp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
A Propaganda Mosaic, 1933-1940p. 13
A Blueprint for Propaganda: Diplomacy and the OIAA, 1940-1941p. 58
A Revolutionary Mural of Propagandap. 104
Soup Can Propaganda: The OIAA and the American Way of Life, 1942-1943p. 159
A Propaganda Chalkboard: Patriotism, Education, and Propagandap. 207
A Propaganda Billboard: Heroes, Victims, and a View to the Postwar Era, 1944-1945p. 257
Conclusion: World War II in a Mexican Deck of Cardsp. 292
Notesp. 301
Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 355
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