Soldiers on the Home Front: Protecting the Four Freedoms through the Office of Civilian Defense
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke of the Four Freedoms, some Americans argued that he was abandoning many who had not yet recovered from the depression. Rather, he was concerned that the expanding war in Europe would threaten these inalienable rights on the homefront. While freedom of speech may be guaranteed by the Constitution, FDR saw that wartime censorship and misguided patriotism could lead to grave infringements of this First Amendment right. In much the same manner, suspicion and racism threatened to limit American freedom to worship. Roosevelt' s references to freedom from want were directly related to the decade of social, economic, and cultural deprivation. Freedom from fear was
FDR's pledge to his constituents that the United States would remain free of the devastation that was rampant in Europe.