1943 February 20

Saturday Evening Post Publishes Iconic Norman Rockwell Illustration: “Freedom of Speech”


Following President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous Four Freedoms speech on January 6, 1941, the Saturday Evening Post magazine commissioned the popular artist Norman Rockwell to paint four images based on each of the four freedoms: “Freedom of Speech,” “Freedom From Want,” “Freedom of Worship,” and “Freedom From Fear.” Each one was then published in the magazine. The first of the images, “Freedom of Speech,” was published on this day. The images, especially the “Freedom of Speech” and “Freedom From Want,” became icons in American popular culture.

Learn more about Rockwell’s illustration and FDR’s Four Freedoms Speech: http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/norman-rockwell-freedom-speechmdashknow-it-when-you-see-it

Visit the Norman Rockwell Museum: http://www.nrm.org/

Learn more: Stuart Murray, Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms (1993)

Watch a documentary on Norman Rockwell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6L2neYwOms

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