freedom from want


The Four Freedoms were goals articulated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in his State of the Union address on January 6, 1941.

In an address that has come to be known as the “Four Freedoms” speech, he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people everywhere in the world ought to enjoy: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. Until then, Freedom from Want was not a commonly understood or accepted universal freedom.

Roosevelt delivered his speech eleven months before the United States declared war on Japan. In that speech, he made a break with the tradition of non-interventionism that had long been held in the US, and outlined how our nation could help allies already engaged in warfare.



The painting above was created by artist Norman Rockwell beginning on Thanksgiving 1942 and published in the March 6, 1943 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Although the image was popular at the time in the US and remains so, it caused resentment in Europe where the masses were enduring wartime hardship.

The image is regarded as one of Rockwell’s most famous works. It has become an iconic representation of the Thanksgiving holiday and family holiday gatherings in general.

Here’s wishing you and yours a happy, prosperous, and most thankful time!


Groove of the Day

Listen to the Grand Funk Railroad performing “I Want Freedom”


3 Responses to “freedom from want”

  1. November 27, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    In this time of traditional familial festivity tonight, have a thought for the incarcerated kids. And also for all the other who are deprived of the feast.

  2. 2 Frank Manning
    November 27, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Dan, to you and Alex.

  3. 3 Gloria
    November 28, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Happy thanksgiving Dan and Alex and to everyone who celebrates this day. 🙂

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