Negroes and the War
About the Project
In 1942, the United States Office of War Information (OWI) was created to coordinate information services and deliver propaganda at home and abroad. In an effort to encourage African American support for the war effort, OWI commissioned Chandler Owen to write a booklet that presented arguments in favor of black support for the war effort and to remind African Americans of what they stood to lose should Germany win the war. Well illustrated with dramatic photographs by Eliot Elisofon, OWI published and distributed 2.5 million copies of Negroes and the War to African Americans around the country. This government-produced propaganda demonstrates how the government sought to engage with African Americans to support the war effort in 1942.