Eighty years ago this week, Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his eighth State of the Union address to a divided nation. As Nazis blitzkrieged Europe, Americans froze, unwilling to fight so soon after the Great War, yet unable to overlook Hitler’s threat. FDR tried mobilizing Americans to fight for 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 … everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want … everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear… anywhere in the world.”We know the happy ending. Rallying around the Four Freedoms, Americans triumphed, spreading freedom at home and abroad. That’s history as immaculate conception — Patrick Henry chose liberty over death and freedom emerged; Abraham Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg and the American nation bonded; FDR proclaimed Four Freedoms and Americans mobilized.Actually, the speech failed at first. It took the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 11 months later to drag Americans into World War II. Even then, most G.I. Joes knew what they were fighting against — not for. Deep into 1942, pollster George Gallup reported that the president’s words had “not… Read full this story
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