The Four Freedoms

Thoughts on Democracy Project

The Four Freedoms Gallery

The original Four Freedoms paintings by Norman Rockwell.

 The Civic Engagement Office with Collaboration with Student Activities Office hosted an art gallery of 30 art pieces. It was on Constitution Day, September 17th, 2009.

President Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech inspired a set of four Four Freedoms paintings by Norman Rockwell. The four paintings were published in The Saturday Evening Post on February 20, February 27, March 6 and March 13 in 1943.

Florida International University announced "Thoughts on Democracy," an innovative initiative that brings together 60 contemporary artists and designers to present original works inspired by Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” posters. "Thoughts on Democracy" is part of Celebrating America, a series of four exhibitions which were on view in 2008 and 2009, that examine and celebrate the social, political, and personal American experience from the 1930s to the present. They invited artists and designers to participate in a ‘graphic remix’ that would reinterpret Rockwell’s posters in today’s visual language.

The Four Freedoms Speech

The speech delivered by President Roosevelt incorporated the following:

"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, translated into universal terms, 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, translated into world terms, means a world-wide 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.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb."