"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms..."
-Franklin Roosevelt 1941

What are the four freedoms?

As the story goes, in 1942, Norman Rockwell shot out of bed at 2 a.m. one night with an idea. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 speech about the preservation of democratic values (in the face of war with Germany’s totalitarian regime) had stuck with him, and he wanted to help promote what had become known as Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms”: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.

portrait of norman rockwell

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