Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Major

History

Date of Defense

11-15-2016

Graduate Advisor

Laura Westhoff, Ph.D.

Committee

Deborah Cohen

Peter Acsay

Abstract

Boy Scouts of America were effective at selling the World War I both physically and emotionally on the American home front. This study reveals how the Boy Scouts’ achievements on the home front translate as a means of propaganda. Their actions and bodies demonstrate a new way of looking at propaganda. The federal government used this group of children as an acceptable means of propagating wartime service. Viewing these Scouts and their actions this study shows how the federal government put Scouts in a position to promote wartime expectations. Utilizing manly expectations to push Scouts and other men to serve in any way possible sent Scouts flocking into their communities, creating a new visible means of propaganda on the American home front.

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