In his January 6, 1941 address to Congress, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt articulated his vision for a postwar world founded on four basic human freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The groundbreaking speech, whose concepts would be incorporated into the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, also caught the attention of illustrator Norman Rockwell, who went on to create a series of illustrations inspired by the speech; the paintings rallied Americans to purchase 133 million dollars in war bonds and stamps following their publication in The Saturday Evening Post and subsequent nationwide tour.
Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. Curator of Education Tom Daly will offer historical insights and discuss Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings, which were inspired by FDR’s words.
Free with Museum admission.