What Does 'Freedom From Want' Mean

In January 1941, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his State of the Union address in which he outlined his idea of the Four Freedoms, which included freedom of speech, of worship, from fear, and from want. Defending his vision against charges of unrealistic idealism, FDR added,

“That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world

attainable in our own time and generation.”

Two years later, over four consecutive issues, The Saturday Evening Post published essays on each of FDR’s Four Freedoms, each accompanied by a painting by Norman Rockwell.

To depict Freedom from Fear, Rockwell painted a mother and father tucking their children into bed to sleep the sleep of the blissfully innocent.

For Freedom of Worship, Rockwell collected together a wide array of faces each with hands clasped in prayer—a fascinating image of spiritual solidarity at a time when Jews were being annihilated across Europe for their faith.

In Freedom of Speech, Rockwell painted a single brave soul standing up at a meeting to speak his mind and bare his soul.

When it came time to symbolize Free