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The Four Freedoms: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Evolution of an American Idea

Jeffrey A. Engel


This book is a new look at one of the most influential presidential addresses ever delivered, and explores how each of Roosevelt’s freedoms evolved over time, for Americans and for the wider world. It examines the ways in which the word “freedom” has been used by Americans and others, across decades and the political spectrum, and notes that the acceptance of the freedoms has been far from universal—even within the United States. Freedom from want, especially, has provoked clashes between those in favor of an expanded welfare state and proponents of limited government from the 1940s to the pre ... More

Keywords: freedom, Roosevelt, fear, religion, want, speech, World War II, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199376216
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey A. Engel, editor
Director, Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University

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