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After July 1942
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The Flag In World War II
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Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center
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July 1942: United We Stand
American Ideals
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For many Americans, World War II presented a stark contrast between the forces of good and evil. War propaganda often emphasized the ideologies against which Americans fought — fascism, Nazism, and totalitarianism. Speeches and editorials urged citizens to work hard, sacrifice, and contribute.

With the flag as their centerpiece, July 1942 magazine covers celebrated fundamental American values of liberty and democracy. They promoted an idealized image of the nation, one that could inspire people to fight for the American way of life.

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The Covers
Foreign Service
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16 magazine covers depict “American Ideals”
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The United We Stand Time Line

The World in Review


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