Freedom of Speech - Booth TarkingtonGuess what? Rockwell's Four Freedoms set new publishing records. Now, the the U.S. Treasury Dept. saw dollar signs in the form of war bonds. So, showcasing Rockwell's paintings, the Four Freedoms War Bond Show was launched, touring 16 cities and raising over $130 million dollars for the war effort. Rockwell really did help, didn't he?
Freedom to Worship - Will Durant
Freedom from Want - Carlos Bulosan
Freedom from Fear - Stephen Vincent Benet
My family was already familiar with Roosevelt's Four Freedoms. I'd like to say it's because we've studied this period in history or we because we know famous speeches by presidents during war time. Sorry, nothing as erudite as that. We know about the Four Freedoms because of Bing Crosby. You see, Holiday Inn (1942) is one of our favorite Christmas movies (albeit a bit schmaltzy), and Bing sings the following Freedom Song for the Fourth of July segment. It's interesting to note that the bombing of Pearl Harbor occurred during the shooting of this film. Check out the Four Freedoms war montage in this excerpt. Now you won't forget them, either!