K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

World War I propaganda posters

Destroy this mad brute

While England and France were depicted as “civilization,” Germany was shown as a “mad brute” — here, a giant, drooling gorilla weilding the club of German kultur (culture) and carrying the limp, half-naked body of a woman. As a result of propaganda like this, German Americans — many of whose ancestors had lived in America for centuries — faced persecution during the war.

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