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"Warning! Our Homes Are in Danger Now!"

This World War II propaganda poster employs not-so-subtle depictions of Adolph Hitler and a bloodthirsty Japanese soldier menacing the American homeland. Produced by the General Motors Corporation, the poster emphasizes the danger posed to American homes and families, and, typically, employs a Japanese stereotype with exaggerated racial characteristics (the figure may have been intended to represent Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, although he was usually portrayed wearing glasses). The circular graphic with the "Keep 'em firing" logo in the bottom left, meanwhile, emphasizes the central role of American industry to the war effort.

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Source | "Warning! Our Homes Are in Danger Now!," poster, General Motors Corporation, 1942, National Archives, Powers of Persuasion,
Creator | General Motors Corporation
Item Type | Poster/Print
Cite This document | General Motors Corporation, “"Warning! Our Homes Are in Danger Now!",” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed July 3, 2022,

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