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Hollywood and the Homefront: Tinsel Town’s Contribution to WWII

Col. Frank Capra and Capt. Roy Boulting. Photo: IWM.

Event Description

During World War II, the War Department realized the importance of not only keeping up the morale of America’s fighting forces abroad, but the morale of those at home. The result was an unprecedented push by Hollywood to contribute morale-building war dramas, troop entertainment, and training films to the war effort. Special radio programs, documentary films, and live performances told Americans at home that they too could serve in the defense of their country by purchasing war bonds, participating in scrap drives, planting Victory Gardens, and volunteering.
Experience the still-powerful images, radio, and film that emerged from this dramatic time in American history. Audio historian and former broadcaster John Jensen shares rarely known stories and anecdotes from Hollywood’s war effort, and shows examples of wartime propaganda through various media that was used to educate, inform and sway American public opinion.

  • When
  • June 13, 2018
    7:00 pm
  • Where
  • Benton County PUD Auditorium
    2721 W. 10th Avenue Kennewick, Washington 99336 United States
  • Who
  • John Jensen
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