March 21, 1942


Young children came to form their own ideas about this topic of national interest, representing the war in their own terms. This 1942 cover depicts a young school boy making a colorful drawing of an ariel dogfight. His chalkboard sketch exhibits his own glorified notion or the United State's military superiority, likely indoctrinated by mass media propaganda efforts, the influence of his parents, and the slant of the lessons taught in school. The air scuttle seems to be going in the favor of his own beloved nation, planes marked "USA" are portrayed as unquestionably dominant, wiping out the enemy's planes which are encircled in flames. This budding patriot has an American flag flying from the top of city skyscrapers and another plasted on the tail of the powerful fighter plane. His image of catastrophic destruction manages to simultaneously illustrate the pride accompanying the nation's identity as a global superpower. With this cover the magazine illustrates the extent of the war's impact upon the contemporary American mind. The types of pictures which young children drew, the sorts of games they played, and even their conceptions of themselves as Americans were impacted by the war. It must be noted that no American planes are shown as having been short down, implying that, at least for children, the war was not seen as dangerous to Americans.






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