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Annex of the Compagnie Hall – The four freedoms

These four posters had an impressive distribution in the United States during the 20th century. They were produced in the context of World War II, following a programmatic speech on the war effort by President Franklin Roosevelt. They represent freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom from want and fear.

A famous artist and magazine illustrator, Norman Rockwell, created the paintings for the posters. His personal signature appears at the bottom of the four copies displayed here. Over 4 millions of them were distributed until 1945. They invited people to participate in the war effort by encouraging the purchase of bonds (“Buy War Bonds” on two of the posters), or by reminding them that it is a duty to fight to protect these freedoms (“Bear to fight for” on the other two). It is estimated that $130 million was collected following the distribution of these posters during the War.

Two of these four freedoms are included in the First Amendment of the American Constitution adopted in 1791: freedoms of speech and worship.

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