The Four Freedoms: FDR's Legacy of Liberty for the United States and World
Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
The specter of global war loomed large in President Franklin Roosevelt’s mind as 1941 began. He believed the United States had a role to play in the battle against Nazi and fascist aggression already underway in Europe. Isolationists, political opponents, and arguably the majority of Americans disagreed. The wounds of the First World War had not yet fully healed, while the Great Depression largely still raged.
Roosevelt framed America’s role in the conflict, and ultimately its role in forging the post-war world to come, as a question of freedom. Four freedoms, to be exact: freedom of speech, freedom from want, freedom of religion and freedom from fear.
His words inspired, but more importantly his four freedoms formed the basis for how ensuing generations of Americans conceive of liberty for themselves and for the world.
The Four Freedoms: FDR’s Legacy of Liberty explores this moment of history, and the evolution of each of the four freedoms from those dark days of 1940 to our present day.
- Professor Frank Costigliola, University of Connecticut
- Professor Linda Eads, Southern Methodist University
- Professor Jeffrey A. Engel, Southern Methodist University
- Professor William Hitchcock, University of Virginia
- Professor Matthew Jones, University of Nottingham
- Professor Tisa J. Wenger, Yale University
A light reception will preceed the event.
Parking will be available on the SMU campus. FREE parking passes will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the event.
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Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University
The Center for Presidential History at SMU is dedicated to exploring the story and legacy of the nation’s chief executives through cutting-edge research, academic and public forums and production of archival records for future generations through a wide-ranging presidential collective memory project.