The Four Freedoms were goals articulated by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Monday, January 6, 1941. Roosevelt's speech inspired a set of four paintings by Norman Rockwell. The members of the set, known collectively as The Four Freedoms, were published in four consecutive issues of The Saturday Evening Post.
These are the main events that led to the inspiration for Norman Rockwell to paint the 4 freedoms.
In the 1930s many Americans, arguing that the involvement in World War I had been a mistake, were adamantly against continued intervention in European affairs.
With the Neutrality Acts established after 1935, U.S. law banned the sale of armaments to countries that were at war and placed restrictions on travel with belligerent vessels.
The Four Freedoms Speech was given on January 6, 1941. Roosevelt's hope was to provide a rationale for why the United States should abandon the isolationist policies that emerged from World War I.
“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.
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.
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.”
Born on February 3, 1894 in New York City, New York, U.S.
Died on November 8, 1978 (aged 84) in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Went to National Academy of Design Art Students League.
Notable works Willie Gillis, Rosie the Riveter, Four Freedoms, The Problem We All Live With.
Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Norman Percevel Rockwell was an American author, painter and illustrator. His works have a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture.