Liberty holding the Torch of Freedom and Enlightenment
The Four Freedoms was a list formulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt of basic human rights. In his 1941 State of the Union message to the Congress, Roosevelt listed the freedoms as: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Later in 1941, the Four Freedoms were incorporated for the most part in the Atlantic Charter, a joint statement from the United States and Great Britain concerning aims for a peaceful world. Some criticized the Four Freedoms as being too vague to serve as a guide for practical statesmanship.