Posted by: Ed Darrell | February 17, 2012

FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech, you are there*

Uploaded from the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York.  Remember, this was the State of the Union FDR delivered on January 16, 1941, nearly 11 months before Pearl Harbor.  Who were the audiences Roosevelt aimed this speech at?  What was he trying to convince them of?  What was he trying to convince them to do?

FDR listed four freedoms:  Freedom of thought and speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.  Do you think most Americans today would agree with him that it’s worth Americans fighting and dying to help secure these freedoms for other people, “everywhere in the world?”  Explain why or why not, in the comments.

* Apologies to the CBS series, “You Are There,” of course.

Mostly an encore post.

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  1. I think FDR state of union speech was good


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