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Monday, January 6, 2014

Four Freedoms Speech

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FDR and the Four Freedoms Speech

It was January 6, 1941, war was raging in Europe (WWII) and American involvement in the war was inevitable. President Franklin Roosevelt presented a speech to the nation regarding the need for America to enter the war. The gravity of the situation was severe with Britain's need for support immense, as well as a dire need for greater production of war industries at home.

President Roosevelt's Four Freedoms Speech encompassed "four freedoms" - the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear - which symbolized America's war aims. They provided hope in the following years to a war-wearied people because it was unquestionable that the fight was a fight for freedom. The speech was prepared by Roosevelt with the aid of his close advisers Harry L. Hopkins, Samuel I. Rosenman, and Robert Sherwood.

The famous Four Freedoms paragraphs did not appear in the speech until the fourth draft. One night as Hopkins, Rosenman, and Sherwood met with the President in his White House study, FDR announced that he had an idea for a peroration (the closing section of a speech). As recounted by Rosenman: “We waited as he leaned far back in his swivel chair with his gaze on the ceiling. It was a long pause—so long that it began to become uncomfortable. Then he leaned forward again in his chair” and dictated the Four Freedoms.
Sam Rosenman quote
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 The Fight for Freedom: The fight continues as America defends her basic rights and freedoms through courage, sacrifice and steadfastness. What we say, what we do is a reflection of what it means to be an American. Stand united...freedom and justice for all!