One of FDR’s most famous State of the Union Addresses: The “Four Freedoms” Speech
In his State of the Union Address on January 6, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt presented his reasons for continued aid to Great Britain and greater production of war industries at home. In helping Britain, President Roosevelt stated, the United States was fighting for the universal freedoms that all people possessed.
As America entered the war these “four freedoms” - the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear - symbolized America’s goals.
The famous Four Freedoms paragraphs of the State of the Union did not appear in the speech until the fourth draft. Read More
Images: “Four Freedoms” posters by Norman Rockwell’.
-from the FDR Library