Department Chair

Andrew D. Nicholls, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of History

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Open Access

Degree Name

History, M.A.


History and Social Studies Education Department


Nancy Weekly, M.A., Lecturer of History and Museum Studies

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First Reader

Cynthia A. Conides, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Museum Studies


This thesis will explore the mediums and functions of American art during World War II. The purpose of exploring art during World War II is not simply to provide an overview of the multiple media of art produced during the war, but to investigate the role that commercial artwork and combat soldiers’ artwork had on the lasting interpretation of the war. Themes addressed are propaganda, the role of posters, comic books, and cartoons along with their influence on American society at the time. Further analysis examines the role of three artists: Howard Brodie, Edward Reep, and Robert N. Blair. Their motivations and contributions to the documentation of World War II will be discussed.