Increasingly, this fundamental civil right afforded to all Americans through the First Amendment to our Constitution is being eroded by the Islamist-leftist coalition in an effort to assert control over "we the people.
On the contrary, in contrast to the typically grim reports coming from the Pacific and European theaters early in the year, it was good news that drew Arlington townsfolk to their meeting: In all, it was an unremarkable evening that soon would have been forgotten were it not for the presence of a newcomer to the town—the famous illustrator Norman Rockwell.
Roosevelt had delivered on January 6, Roosevelt struggled with the challenge of preparing the nation for ever-more-likely involvement in the war. His words needed to persuade isolationists that there was far more at stake than just a redrawn map of Europe. He needed to make clear that the values and liberties Americans took for granted were under attack.
So, setting out the vision that would guide his policy in the months to come, Roosevelt told Congress: In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want—which…means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear—which…means a worldwide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.
Manufacturers and every level of government would certainly play a role.
So would many smaller organizations and individuals, including illustrators. Rockwell needed no further encouragement.
Already a phenomenally successful illustrator with more than Saturday Evening Post covers to his credit, Rockwell was eager to contribute inspirational images to help drive the war effort. No one at that town meeting agreed with Edgerton, but all of them honored his right to state his case, and all of them listened respectfully.
Here was the first freedom, the freedom of speech, expressed in a simple, familiar American scene—the sort Rockwell excelled at depicting. Once he visualized the first scene, the other three quickly formed in his mind.
An image of people of a variety of religious beliefs cheerfully conversing in a barbershop represented the freedom to worship. A family gathered around a table for a Thanksgiving meal embodied the ideal of freedom from want. Parents bundling their children safely in a warm bed conveyed freedom from fear.
Invigorated by his visions, Rockwell set to work with a passion, and in just a few days had completed four full-size preliminary sketches of the ideas.
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The next morning, he and Schaeffer boarded a train for Philadelphia. The stop in Philadelphia had nothing to do with war posters, but it gave Rockwell an opportunity to meet with Ben Hibbs, the newly hired editor of the Saturday Evening Post.
Rockwell hoped to build a rapport with him and planned to discuss some ideas for future covers. Still smarting from his failure to interest the OWI in what he considered his best idea ever, Rockwell found it hard to get excited about the meeting with Hibbs—until he mentioned off-handedly that he had been in Washington they day before.
Hibbs asked him why.
When Rockwell described the Four Freedoms series, Hibbs perked up: Then he broke in: They appeared right at a time when the war was going against us on the battle fronts, and the American people needed the inspirational message they conveyed so forcefully and so beautifully. Prolific historian Will Durant commented on Freedom of Worship.
At the conclusion of the four-part series of illustrations and essays, the Saturday Evening Post offered its readers a chance to buy sets of reproductions suitable for framing.
It promptly filled 25, orders. More satisfying to Rockwell, though, must have been the news that the OWI, which six months earlier had told Rockwell it preferred to employ real artists, now sought permission to print 2.
The OWI made these posters the centerpiece of a war-bond drive in early Copies of them, accompanied by banners urging citizens to fight for the freedoms depicted, appeared in factories, offices, and stores throughout the country. The original art went on tour, too. The year-long campaign drew more than 1.
The man who had inspired Rockwell with his January address to Congress could not have been more pleased. Following the war, the original paintings—they are of heroic size—were hung in our offices.The First Amendment in Cross-Cultural Perspective: A Comparative Legal Analysis of the Freedom of Speech (Critical America) annotated edition EditionReviews: 1.
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