Certainly it worked well at the time — during World War II, the United States was more united as a nation, more patriotic and more pro-military than it ever was before in its history, or has ever been since.
The idea that even you — one person — could help your country and make a difference in a global war inspired patriotic pride.
In the current American political climate — with the economic recession and the war in Iraq and Afghanistan — patriotism has gone out of fashion, as it were.
Uncle Sam, the quintessential American symbol, has been endlessly parodied in political cartoons and on the Internet at large with a mixture of playful amusement and genuine resentment.
The official version, confirmed by Congress in 1961, dates Uncle Sam back to the War of 1812. As the years passed and the legend grew, the symbol of Uncle Sam developed to reflect the times.
Samuel Wilson ran a meat-packing and distribution business, and was known locally in his Massachusetts town as "Uncle" Sam. Samuel Wilson was middle-aged; however, the image of Uncle Sam of a few decades later bore little resemblance to the actual person it was based on. When Abraham Lincoln became President, Uncle Sam and his "nephew" Yankee Doodle, a symbol from the Revolutionary War, took on new meaning as patriotic symbols of the North.
Consider using a public or friend’s computer if you are concerned about someone viewing your browsing history.
"Uncle Sam," "Big Brother" and "Yankee Doodle" have one thing in common — they are symbols of government.
Always clear your browsing history after searching the web.
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" poster was created by James Montgomery Flagg as a recruiting tool for World War II. Part of the poster's power and success comes from its individualized approach.
An old man in patriotic, red-white-and-blue top hat and suit points directly at the viewer, his glare and pointing finger almost accusing. "I want some young men" or "I want some recruits" does not have nearly the impact of "I want YOU!
" The poster makes eye contact; it singles you out with a pointing finger; its message is personalized.