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Holding Fast the Inner Lines

Democracy, Nationalism, and the Committee on Public Information

Stephen L. Vaughn

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Published: 12/2017
Pages: 411
Subject: History | University of North Carolina
Print ISBN: 9.78E+12
eBook ISBN: 9781469610276


The Committee on Public Information, the major American propaganda agency during World War I, attracted a wide range of reform-oriented men and women who tried to generate enthusiasm for Wilson's international and domestic ideals. Vaughn shows that the CPI encouraged an imperial presidency, urged limits on free speech and called for an almost mystical attachment to the nation, but it also tried to present dispassionately the causes of American intervention in the war.

Originally published in 1980.

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