January 6, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, in which he identified four essential human freedoms that would become part of the foundation of the post-war international human rights system. To celebrate the occasion, the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights is publishing a series of short essays exploring the Four Freedoms written by past UICHR visiting scholars. Click on the links below to view the essays and the full text of Roosevelt’s speech.
Celebrating the Four Freedoms: Introduction by Brian Farrell, University of Iowa.
Celebrating the Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech and Expression by David Keane, Middlesex University
Celebrating the Four Freedoms: Freedom of Religion by Shane Darcy, Irish Centre for Human Rights.
Celebrating the Four Freedoms: Freedom from Want by Brian Farrell, University of Iowa.
Celebrating the Four Freedoms: Freedom from Fear by Michelle Farrell, University of Liverpool.
Full text of the Four Freedoms speech by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Jan. 6, 1941)