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Wit as Weapon: Satire and the Great War

August 9, 2018–January 13, 2019
The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue

Propaganda artists on all sides frequently turned to satire as a means of rallying morale on the home front during the First World War. While official propaganda generally glorified the cause of the nation, cartoonists and illustrators created a flood of magazine and sheet music covers, postcards, and children’s books that mocked enemy leaders and soldiers. Wit as Weapon, featuring selections from The Wolfsonian Library, showed the range of satirical techniques employed during the war, aimed at both adults and children.

The Wolfsonian’s library installations are generously sponsored by Henry S. Hacker.