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'The Four Freedoms'

details of the Four Freedoms paintings by Norman Rockwell [1894-1978]          essay & history


Norman Rockwell


          The Four Freedoms were spoken into existence by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his State of The Union Address of 6 January 1941.
          F.D.R. said that these freedoms are deserved by all of Mankind.
          F.D.R.'s definition of the Four Freedoms preceded the Attack on Pearl Harbor by almost a year, but his Stand caught the attention of the Press and of a nation that was expecting to be embroiled in the war that had already begun in Europe and in Asia.
          The citizens of America were concerned enough to listen to the speech in its entirety, and to F.D.R.'s many later radio broadcasts.

          Posters of the Four Freedoms were painted by illustrator Norman Rockwell [1894-1978] and distributed all around, and World War II was fought in part in behalf of F.D.R.'s promise that all the peoples of the world deserved to live under governments committed to:
          Freedom of speech and expression;
          Freedom of every person to worship in his own way;
          Freedom from want;
          and Freedom from fear.

The full text of the speech can of course be found online:
'Four Freedoms' entry at Wikipedia
FDR's speech online [36:17 MP3 audio] at Internet Archive {FF at 32 minutes}

G.E. Nordell's essay 'Injustice For All' [July 2002] at Working Minds

The Fight for the Four Freedoms book by Harvey J. Kaye  "The Fight For The Four Freedoms: What Made F.D.R. and The Greatest Generation Truly Great" [2014] by Harvey J. Kaye
Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [4/2014] for $11.99
Simon & Schuster pb [4/2015] for $6.95
Simon & Schuster 9x6¼ hardcover [4/2014] for $9.59
The Four Freedoms / Evolution of an American Idea book edited by Jeffrey A. Engel  "The Four Freedoms: Franklin D. Roosevelt and The Evolution of An American Idea" [2015] Edited by Jeffrey A. Engel
Kindle Edition from Oxford Univ Press [11/2015] for $9.99
Oxford Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [12/2015] for $29.36

Franklin Delano Roosevelt  [1882-1945]
New York State Senator for the 26th District, January 1911 to March 1913
Assistant Secretary of the Navy, March 1913 to August 1920
44th Governor of New York, January to December 1932
32nd President of the United States, March 1933 to April 1945

browse books about FDR at Amazon
F.D.R. Library & Museum

Spirit of America's Franklin D. Roosevelt - U.S. President #32 Page
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

Norman Rockwell  [1894-1978]

Spirit of America's Norman Rockwell Art Page
Image Gallery Section on the Norman Rockwell Art Page

Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms book by Stuart Murray & James McCabe  "Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms" [1993] by Stuart Murray & James McCabe
"The greatest American illustrator's most famous series, based on President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt's inspiring Four Freedoms speech . . . plus other Rockwell World War II paintings"
Berkshire House Publrs 9x6 pb [1/93] out of print/used
Gramercy 10½x8¼ hardcover [10/98] for $8.50
Berkshire House Publrs 9x6 hardcover [1/93] for $13.52

L i n k s
'Four Freedoms' entry at Wikipedia
F.D.R. Four Freedoms Park [open 10/2012] in New York Harbor

G.E. Nordell's essay 'Injustice For All' [July 2002] at Working Minds

Online sales in association with  U.S. literature catalog at Amazon

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