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Portrait of Normal Rockwell.
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom of Speech, 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 3/4″ x 35 1/2″. Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom of Worship, 1943. Oil on canvas, 46″ x 35 1/2″. Story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 27, 1943. Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom from Want, 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 3/4″ x 35 1/2″. Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom from Fear, 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 3/4″ X 35 1/2″.

The Four Freedoms

The Four Freedoms are a group oil paintings created by American artist Norman Rockwell. Each painting represents and is titled after one of the four freedoms identified in 32nd President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address in which he identified essential human rights that should be universally protected. The four freedoms represented are freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.

—Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom of Speech, 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 3/4″ x 35 1/2″.
The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.

—Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Freedom Of Speech

The Four Freedoms are a group oil paintings created by American artist Norman Rockwell. Each painting represents and is titled after one of the four freedoms identified in 32nd President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address in which he identified essential human rights that should be universally protected. The four freedoms represented are freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom of Worship, 1943. Oil on canvas, 46″ x 35 1/2″. Story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 27, 1943.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.

—Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Freedom Of Worship

Freedom of Worship, also known as freedom of religion or religious liberty, is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance. It also includes the freedom to change one's religion or beliefs, "the right not to profess any religion or belief" or "not to practise a religion".

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom from Want, 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 3/4″ x 35 1/2″.
The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.

—Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Freedom From Want

Freedom from Want, also known as The Thanksgiving Picture or I'll Be Home for Christmas, is the third of the Four Freedoms series. Known now as the right to an adequate standard of living, It is part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was accepted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948.

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), Freedom from Fear, 1943. Oil on canvas, 45 3/4″ X 35 1/2″.
The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.

—Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Freedom From Fear

Freedom from Fear is the last of the well-known Four Freedoms oil paintings. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” This famous line is from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first inaugural address. Freedom from fear means that no one should be in fear of their government, its armed forces, police who act undemocratically, or even their neighbors. Fear was also an important theme in his influential eighth State of the Union address in 1941. In this speech, now known as the “Four Freedoms Speech,” FDR rallied the nation to prepare for war to keep every country free from aggression.

Modern Freedom of Speech by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur/Courtesy of for Freedoms. Modern Freedom of Worship by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur/Courtesy of for Freedoms. Modern Freedom from Want by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur/Courtesy of for Freedoms. Modern Freedom from Fear by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur/Courtesy of for Freedoms.

Photographs by Hank Willis and Emily Shur

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Modern Freedom of Speech by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur/Courtesy of for Freedoms.
Freedom of Speech
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Modern Freedom of Worship by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur/Courtesy of for Freedoms.
Freedom of Worship
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Modern Freedom from Want by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur/Courtesy of for Freedoms.
Freedoom from Want
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Modern Freedom from Fear by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur/Courtesy of for Freedoms.
Freedoom from Fear

Modern Take

Photographers Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur have teamed up on an ambitious project that aims to get voters to the poll. These photos are almost exact replicas if not for one distinct update: While Rockwell’s paintings focused solely on the white middle class, these images are populated by figures of varying races, religions, cultures, and sexualities. Rather than hang the photos in a gallery, the creative team behind the photographs—which includes Thomas, Shur, and the artist-run super PAC For Freedoms—hope to see the images spread across social media, prompting Americans to consider which values their vote can defend.

Importance of the Cause

The Four Freedoms are human rights to our people in the United States; however, with inequality and discrimination ever so present in our current world, many people do not get to use these rights to their fullest or are punished unjustly for utilizing these rights. These values are infringed upon and that is something that needs to change. Partnered with the 4 Freedoms Coalition, we want to aide in improving the United States voting system and make voting more accessible. We accept donations which aide in improving our voting system and are sent directly to the 4 Freedoms Coalition.