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Rockwell, Roosevelt & The Four Freedoms

The Four Freedoms speech

On January 6, 1941, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave one of the most important speeches of the 20th century. It was the "Four Freedoms" speech.

The U.S. was not yet at war, although Europe and Asia were. Inspired by this speech, Norman Rockwell produced four paintings to illustrate the “Four Freedoms”. During the war, these paintings travelled the United States, raising 130 million dollars to support the war effort.

These four paintings, which are among the most famous and important artworks of 20th-century America, will leave the U.S. for the first time ever. Along with other paintings, they will be shown at the Caen Memorial for the 75th anniversary of the Allied Landings and the Battle of Normandy. The D-Day Landings on June 6, 1944, heralded the liberation of Western Europe. The Battle of Normandy led to the collapse of the German army on the Western front and the liberation of Paris.

Discover the President Franklin D. Roosevelt's January 6, 1941 speech on video => HERE

© Unknown Photographer, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s annual message to Congress January 6, 1941. Digital reproduction © Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Hyde Park, New York. Hyde Park/National Archives.