Enlightened Public Opinion

U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Education
From Choosing Our Way: A Study of America's Forums, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Education, Bulletin 1937, Misc., No. 1 (Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1938), p. 92.

During the 1930s and 1940s, the federal government sponsored a variety of adult education programs including lectures, study courses, and language instruction. This poster from the U.S. Office of Education promotes the idea that the cultivation of public opinion through these programs would contribute to orderly civic discussion and democratic self-governance. Government-sponsored discussion groups and lectures co-existed with forums organized along political or religious lines.

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