5c Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms single
mint; perf 11 x 10.5
This stamp was the fourth in a series of four issued to commemorate the man who had led the nation through three terms as President beginning March 4, 1933. President Roosevelt died in Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945.
This text on this stamp refers to the Four Freedoms that Franklin Delano Roosevelt felt were secured in American and could be spread throughout the world. It became national motto during World War II.
In his state of the union address on January 6, 1941 Roosevelt explained his goal:
"The first is freedom of speech and expression -everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants — everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor —anywhere in the world."