Nine Network’s Preview Screening of The Great War to Analyze Legacy of Propaganda in America
St. Louis, MO — March 22, 2017 — What freedoms would you exchange for your safety? How much power would you give the government to keep you safe? Can you separate fact from state-sponsored fiction? If you’ve ever pondered the relationship between liberty and security, you’re invited to join the Nine Network for a free preview screening of the upcoming PBS series The Great War at Nine’s studios on Monday, March 27 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
This special advanced screening will feature clips from the episode “Propaganda and Americanism,” and a discussion about the role “fake news” and disinformation affected America’s decision to enter WWI.
The clips explore the role of propaganda, along with the erosion of First Amendment rights, during WWI. During the spring of 1917, Congress and the American people were deeply divided about going to war. President Woodrow Wilson turned to journalist George Creel to head the newly created Committee on Public Information and help sell the war quickly. From redefining conscription to food rationing to the sale of liberty bonds, the CPI’s work was a wholesale fight for the minds of Americans. During this time, Wilson would oversee an unprecedented wave of repressive legislation that clamped down on free speech and almost any form of dissent. The Committee on Public Information filtered the news from the battlefield, and would do all it could to keep support for “the war for democracy” strong.
A panel discussion featuring Patrick Allie, Military and Arms Curator for the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center and Elizabeth Borgwardt, Associate Professor of History at Washington University and a specialist in the history of U.S. foreign relations will follow. The panel will be moderated by Nine’s Jim Kirchherr.
Attendance is free, but registration is required. The Great War, a three-part, six-hour documentary, premieres Monday, April 10–Wednesday, April 12, 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.
About the Nine Network of Public Media
Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine Network offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life. Nine’s platforms include four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine PBS Kids), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, the Public Media Commons, social media, and multiple websites accessible at nineNet.org. Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our vision of a strong and healthy community working together through public media and our mission of igniting the spirit of possibility.