Anti-War Propaganda and Leftist Politics
Exploring the Anti-War Propaganda and Leftist Politics Collections provides researchers with an insight into left-wing politics in the twentieth century, with content on communism, socialism and liberalism, alongside other leftist ideologies. Researchers can delve into the press articles, leaflets, pamphlets and books produced by these left-leaning and liberal organisations, allowing detailed analysis of their ideologies, politics and rhetoric.
This material also provides the ideal counterpoint to the far-right material also present in the archive, allowing researchers to directly compare differing ideologies - for instance material written from a socialist viewpoint to that advocating fascism. Assitionally, ephemera created by more conservative organisations and political parties on the political right that discusses or opposes leftism is also available; this material gives an invaluable insight into how these liberal and left-wing political ideas were viewed and approached by organisations across the political spectrum.
These Collections also address peace and anti-war movements and their politics by providing the researcher with an excellent selection of anti-war literature, such as anti-conscription posters and interviews with protesters. Included are press articles demonstrating opposition to the Vietnam War in America, which slowly began to gain momentum from 1964. What started in college campuses in America as a demand for peace grew more quickly as the war became deadlier, leading to the creation of other organisations to oppose the war, such as the GIs and Veterans against the War in Vietnam, and the civilian Cleveland Area Peace Action Council. Ephemera detailing opposition to other conflicts are also made available to researchers, from the war in El Salvador to the invasion of Grenada and the Persian Gulf War. The anti-war literature includes calls for peace aimed at the government, interviews with humanitarians and protesters, anti-conscription posters and appeals to the public to join the campaign.