Mexico, la patria: Propaganda and Production during World War II by Monica A. RankinMexico, la patria: Propaganda and Production during World War II by Monica A. Rankin

Mexico, la patria: Propaganda and Production during World War II

byMonica A. Rankin

Paperback | January 1, 2010

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During the 1930s Mexico was undergoing a healing process after three decades of revolutionary turmoil and reform. In this climate, the coming of World War II became a major turning point in the legacy of the Mexican Revolution, offering the country a unique opportunity to unite against a common external enemy. The war also thrust the nation into an international forum as Germany and the United States launched propaganda campaigns to win over the Mexican people.
In ¡México, la patria! Monica A. Rankin examines the pervasive domestic and foreign propaganda strategies in Mexico during World War II and their impact on Mexican culture, charting the evolution of these campaigns through popular culture, advertisements, art, and government publications throughout the war and beyond. In particular, Rankin shows how World War II allowed the wartime government of Ávila Camacho to justify an aggressive industrialization program following the Mexican Revolution. Finally, tracing how the American government’s wartime propaganda laid the basis for a long-term effort to shape Mexican attitudes toward the country’s neighbor to the north, ¡México, la patria! reveals the increasing influence of American culture on the development of Mexico’s postwar identity.
Monica A. Rankin is an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is the author of the Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture: The Search for National Identity, 1820s–1900.
Title:Mexico, la patria: Propaganda and Production during World War IIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.86 inPublished:January 1, 2010Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803224559

ISBN - 13:9780803224551

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Table of Contents

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1. A Propaganda Mosaic, 1933–1940

2. A Blueprint for Propaganda: Diplomacy and the OIAA, 1940–1941

3. A Revolutionary Mural of Propaganda

4. Soup Can Propaganda: The OIAA and the American Way of Life, 1942–1943

5. A Propaganda Chalkboard: Patriotism, Education, and Propaganda

6. A Propaganda Billboard: Heroes, Victims, and a View to the Postwar Era, 1944–1945

Conclusion: World War II in a Mexican Deck of Cards




Editorial Reviews

"Rankin's central premise that the U.S. and Mexican governments use propaganda to rally popular support for the war lends itself to comparative analysis of other countries during World War II or other wars. And, in today's wartime era, this makes Rankin's book timely and essential reading for historians of modern Mexico and U.S.-Mexican relations."—John J. Dwyer, American Historical Review - John J. Dwyer - American Historical Review