Friday, January 6, 2012

A Look Into History: Four Freedoms

The Four Freedoms speech was FDR's State of the Union Address in 1941. It generally stated that all people in the world need; the freedom of speech, freedom to worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear. It's full text goes as follows:

"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. That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb."

It eventually led to inspire Eleanor Roosevelt's Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the United Nations.

Famous artist Norman Rockwell also produced paintings for each of the four freedoms. They went on to become posters that raised money for war bonds. Over 130 million dollars of war bond money was collected due to the four freedoms.

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