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The United States was founded on freedom. These freedoms as depicted in Rockwell’s famous Four Freedoms, will only remain a cornerstone of our democracy if Americans protect their valued heritage through voting! If our nation’s freedoms are to be preserved, then citizens must exercise their right to vote.

How might Rockwell portray freedom today? Perhaps he would depict a fifth freedom, ensuring the right of the people to self-govern: the Freedom to Vote. Indeed, when so much is at stake in future elections, he might well wonder why so many Americans are willing to remain silent.

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Franklin Roosevelt in front of the american flag

"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms." — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Four Freedoms

Election Day Art by Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell’s Election Day (1944)

In his January 1941 address to Congress, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt articulated his vision for a postwar world founded on four basic human freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Artist Norman Rockwell wanted to support the war effort and decided he would illustrate Roosevelt’s four freedoms. Rockwell realized that he could paint the freedoms best from the perspective of his own hometown experiences using everyday, simple scenes such as his own town meeting. These paintings, The Four Freedoms, became part of the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum and reside in their own specially designed gallery space, inviting visitors to reflect on their inspiring message.

Freedom of Speech by Norman Rockwell

The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.

Freedom from Want by Norman Rockwell

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.

Freedom of Worship by Norman Rockwell

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.)

Freedom from Fear by Norman Rockwell

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.