Based on a paper titled “The Propaganda of War. The South’s Misinformation Machine“. by Misty Smith. Originally posted in HIS 330 on October 22, 2017, for Southern New Hampshire University.

As a result, the United States split into and a bloody Civil War ensued, fueled by rampant propaganda, especially religious propaganda claiming that it was God’s will that humans own others as slaves, misinformation that was designed to sway the court of opinion away from the issue of slavery.

“Orientalism” is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of Arab peoples and cultures as compared to that of Europe and the U.S. It often involves seeing Arab culture as exotic, backward, uncivilized, and at times dangerous. Edward W. Said, in his groundbreaking book, Orientalism, defined it as the acceptance in the West of “the basic distinction between East and West as the starting point for elaborate theories, epics, novels, social descriptions, and political accounts concerning the Orient, its people, customs, ‘mind,’ destiny and so on.”1