Tag: FDR

John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address, 1961

John F. Kennedy standing at a podium with microphones, delivering his inaugural address in 1961. He's dressed in a suit, looking determined. Surrounding him are various onlookers, some blurred in the background.

John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address in 1961 underscored the changing global landscape, emphasizing that though the world was different from when the country’s forefathers established the nation, the foundational beliefs of freedom and human rights remained paramount. Kennedy highlighted the challenges and responsibilities of a new generation of Americans, calling them to take up the

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Four Freedoms, Annual Message to Congress, 1941

Norman Rockwell's detailed illustration from the "Four Freedoms" series depicting diverse individuals in deep prayer and reflection.

In his 1941 annual message to Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt articulates the unparalleled external challenges that America faced at the time. Drawing parallels with past domestic crises and wars, FDR emphasizes the nation’s unwavering resolve to maintain its rights and the principles of peaceful commerce. He reaffirms America’s historic stance against enforced isolation and

Franklin Roosevelt: D-Day Prayer

FDR - D-Day Appointment

On the night of June 6, 1944, President Roosevelt delivered a national radio address to the nation on the Allied invasion of Western Europe. The date and timing of the amphibious landing—the opening of the  long-awaited second front—had been top secret. Now, he acknowledged “success thus far” and urged the people to “devote themselves in a continuance of

Franklin Roosevelt: Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union, 1941

Franklin Roosevelt, Four Freedoms

In January 1941, as the German Army advanced through Europe, many Americans continued to believed the United States should stay out of the war. As he stepped to the lectern in the U.S. Capitol building, President Roosevelt understood Britain’s need for American support. What followed was an eloquent and urgent appeal for continued aid to Great