The Four Freedoms (1 of 3) by Roger Thomas

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The Four Freedoms (1 of 3)
Series: Debt Free Living
Roger Thomas
Matthew 6:19-25

Sixty-four years ago President Franklin Roosevelt delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history. It is known as the Four Freedoms Speech. Actually it was Roosevelt's State of the Union Address in 1941. He was explaining to a nation still digging its way out of the Great Depression why it was necessary to support the Allies in World War II. America wouldn't be directly involved in the war for another eleven months. Some in Congress argued that the US should remain neutral. It had enough financial concerns at home without spending money on somebody else's war, the critics contended. In his speech, Roosevelt outlined a future founded on four essential freedoms. The battle against the Nazis was a war for those freedoms, the President argued. America could not remain on the sidelines. On December 7, 1941 the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor insured it wouldn't.

Two years later, the Saturday Evening Post commissioned Norman Rockwell to turn the theme of those Four Freedoms into paintings. They have become American classics. We've all seen them. Freedom of Speech first appeared on the magazines cover on February 20, 1943. It pictured a citizen speaking his mind in a town meeting. A week later, Freedom of Worship appeared. In soft tones Rockwell pictured men and women of different races and cultures praying without government interference.

Freedom of Want portrays a family ready to dig into a delicious Thanksgiving feast. You can almost taste the turkey. The final painting in the series appeared on the cover of the March 13th Saturday Evening Post. Freedom from Fear depicts a mother and father tucking their children into bed at night. The father holds a newspaper with headlines announcing the latest war news. The contrast echoed the aspirations of a nation.

Those Four Freedoms so powerfully proclaimed by Roosevelt and Rockwell are worth r ...

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