An iconic finger-pointing Uncle Sam is the centerpiece of a new museum show of patriotic posters to mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War 1. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Fear-mongering can be a thing of beauty. That is one of the surprises of a new museum show of century-old wartime propaganda to mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War One after it declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. Equally unexpected is the show's relevance to today's America under the Trump administration, according to curators of "Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York," which runs until Oct. 9 at the Museum of the City of New York. "We had a centenary to explore," said curator Steven Jaffe. "But as we started looking at these amazing posters, we realized that many of the issues that engaged Americans in 1917 seemed oddly fresh, oddly timely. Nationalism, diversity, tolerance, immigration, free expression, political expression, either in the press or in free speech," he said. "All of these things, both in terms of the United States and also some of the movements that are sweeping across Europe, really started emerging out of these posters that (are) 100 years old. We didn't expect that." While the centerpiece is an iconic finger-pointing Uncle Sam declaring "I want you," there are also striking posters challenging U.S. immigrants, "Are you 100 percent American? Prove it! Buy government bonds" and an outpouring of anti-German images.