President Franklin D. Roosevelt died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945 in Warm Springs, Georgia at the rehabilitation center for the treatment of polio that he founded.
Seventy-six years ago today on the precipice of the United States' entry to the Second World War, Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his eighth State of the Union address. In that speech, he shared his vision for a better world, a vision founded by interconnected human rights: the freedoms of religion and speech and from want and fear.
Not long past noon on Monday, January 6, 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt locked his leg braces into place and mounted the podium of the Capitol’s House of Representatives to deliver his eighth State of the Union address. Newly elected to a third term, FDR was by now a seasoned leader. Indeed, on that winter day in 1941, he was arguably the most experienced and most important statesman in the world....
Seventy-five years ago on December 7, 1941, Japanese forces mounted a surprise military attack against the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech now known as the "Day of Infamy" speech, asking Congress to enter the Second World War. An excerpt from fdr4freedoms.org describes the attack and its aftermath.
I am honored to introduce myself as the new CEO of Four Freedoms Park. I come to the Conservancy from Grameen America, a national nonprofit that provides support and small loans to women, where I served as Senior Vice President. While there, I traveled the country and spoke with women about building their own businesses in order to send their children to better schools, save for unexpected emergencies, or buy quality health insurance. Again and again, these women told me they wanted something simple, something embodied in Roosevelt’s 1941 speech: “freedom from want...."
FDR Four Freedoms Park unveils a new strategic direction to solidify by 2020 its place as a leading presidential memorial park. As part of the new plan, Howard Axel has been elevated to president and CEO and Sally Minard, the founding president and CEO, will become Vice Chair of the Conservancy's Board of Directors.
This year, Four Freedoms Park has been celebrating the 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt's pivotal Four Freedoms speech, for which this memorial is named. This blog post is the third in a four-part series celebrating each of these four freedoms in a modern context.