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Propaganda, Censorship and Irish Neutrality in the Second World War$
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Robert Cole

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622771

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622771.001.0001

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Here Come the Yanks!: January–December 1942

Here Come the Yanks!: January–December 1942

(p.105) 6 Here Come the Yanks!: January–December 1942
Propaganda, Censorship and Irish Neutrality in the Second World War

Robert Cole

Edinburgh University Press

The Irish-American press was outraged over Pearl Harbor. The United States joined the war of words at once, including cracking down on assistance to the enemy, and anti-British and anti-administration publications. London saw America in the war as a major step forward in dealing with Eire. British papers condemned the Eire government's protest against American forces in Northern Ireland. This government was soft on internment of downed Allied air crews, often returning them across the border to Northern Ireland. Eire–German connections, always a factor in the war of words, increased in significance once the United States was in the war. The Irish saw propaganda content in American print, broadcast and film material, even after it had been examined by the Eire censors. The justification for film censorship was broad. The Yanks had not only arrived but were well entrenched in Ireland by the end of 1942.

Keywords:   Yanks, United States, war of words, Eire government, London, Northern Ireland, film censorship

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