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What Is Your Era?

Topic of the Week #4 – COMM 2322

If I was to choose one era, in particular, that I would love to work in the PR industry would be World War II (1940’s). There were various messages being released to the public and they needed to promote the unity of the country and continue to encourage everyone to buy supplies and necessities from American soil. When researching into this subject, I found that there are tons of World War II Press Releases from the War Shipping Administration. They span from years 1941 to the end of 1946 but most of the public relations growth was during this time.

The main focus of each report that I researched are to inform the general public of incidents happening within the war and others that were used to compel men to contribute to their country and help out the military. A specific Press Release that was published October 14th, 1945, is titled, ‘men are needed to man merchant ships’. This press release was given just to persuade the men to join the military and help out.

 

Men are still needed to man merchant ships in excess of these presently available and will be needed for some months to come. The job of the war time Merchant Marine has, not been completed. The U. S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps trains young American citizens who are High School graduates to become officers in the Merchant Marine. (full press release found here)

I think that this was a persuasive time in history. Many companies and even the government were trying to persuade the American people for their specific purpose. I would have loved to be apart of this time period and work in the foundation of building public relations as a corporate entity and have the American people united during a very difficult time for the people.

The U. S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps trains young American citizens who are High School graduates to become officers in the Merchant Marine.

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