Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action by Thomas W. BensonPosters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action by Thomas W. Benson

Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action

byThomas W. Benson

Paperback | November 5, 2015

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By the spring of 1970, Americans were frustrated by continuing war in Vietnam and turmoil in the inner cities. Students on American college campuses opposed the war in growing numbers and joined with other citizens in ever-larger public demonstrations against the war. Some politicians—including Ronald Reagan, Spiro Agnew, and Richard Nixon—exploited the situation to cultivate anger against students. At the University of California at Berkeley, student leaders devoted themselves, along with many sympathetic faculty, to studying the war and working for peace. A group of art students designed, produced, and freely distributed thousands of antiwar posters. Posters for Peace tells the story of those posters, bringing to life their rhetorical iconography and restoring them to their place in the history of poster art and political street art. The posters are vivid, simple, direct, ironic, and often graphically beautiful. Thomas Benson shows that the student posters from Berkeley appealed to core patriotic values and to the legitimacy of democratic deliberation in a democracy—even in a time of war.

Thomas W. Benson is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Rhetoric at The Pennsylvania State University. Thomas W. Benson is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Rhetoric at The Pennsylvania State University.
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Title:Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic ActionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:November 5, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271065877

ISBN - 13:9780271065878

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action

The Berkeley Peace Posters in the Penn State University Collection

Notes

Sources

Editorial Reviews

“A beautiful book that captures an ephemeral rhetorical moment and holds it for extended reflection to teach enduring lessons about civic action. This book is for anyone interested in visual rhetoric, social protest, and the possibility of democratic engagement during times of political strife.”

—Catherine Helen Palczewski, The Quarterly Journal of Speech