Question: What do you think is unique about this WWII poster? Who do you think Dorie Miller is?
It was rare for an African American to be publicly portrayed as a hero during WWII, especially on a propaganda poster. Joining the Navy at the start of the war, Dorie Miller was given the menial assignment of cook on the USS West Virginia. However, when the attack on Pearl Harbor struck, most of the White naval gunners were killed. Miller instinctively manned an anti-aircraft machine gun on deck he was never trained to use, shooting down Japanese planes as they zoomed by.
It was fairly rare to see propaganda posters that had both Black and White workers working together. The Federal government, aware that there was severe racism in many war related industries, stressed the importance of unity in factories. Dysfunction in the workplace could directly impact production of war goods.
1. Read and annotate ppt notes
2. Complete Double V Campaign document Activity and create your own WWII propaganda poster.
Double V Campaign Document links:
Source #1- https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/jcb01
Source #2- https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/see-world-war-ii-through-lens-african-american-soldier