Propaganda & the American Revolution Discussion Coming to R.B. on Tuesday

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Propaganda, a method of persuasion that attempts to influence the emotions, attitudes, opinions, and actions of people is used for ideological, political and/or commercial purposes.

Modern-day propaganda has many media resources to influence the thought processes of the populace.  During the era of the American Revolution, the American colonies had a flourishing network of newspapers and printers who specialized in the use of propaganda on behalf of the Patriots and somewhat for loyalists.

Image courtesy Rehoboth Beach Historical Society.

On September 18, at 2 p.m., the Rehoboth Beach Museum will present historian John Gauger discussing the use of propaganda during the American Revolution.  Gauger has collected examples of propaganda proliferated during the American Revolution.  The program will consist of a slideshow and lecture.

Gauger is a retired professor of history and political science at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Allentown and Muhlenberg College.  He recently appeared at the museum with a lecture on the history of the Electoral College.

For reservations call the museum at 302-227-7310. The museum is next to the Information Center at 511 Rehoboth Ave in downtown Rehoboth Beach.