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The Atlantic Charter (SOLD)
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In the months before U.S. entry into World War II, Roosevelt and Churchill agree on goals and the shape of the world after the final destruction of the Nazi tyranny.”

[FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT & WINSTON CHURCHILL]. Broadside. The Atlantic Charter, August 14, 1941. Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943. #1943-0-517133. 28½ x 40 in. Designed by W. A. Dwiggins.

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Transcript

THE ATLANTIC CHARTER

The President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister, Mr. Churchill, representing His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom, being met together, deem it right to make known certain common principles in the national policies of their respective countries on which they base their hopes for a better future for the world.

1.  Their countries seek no aggrandizement, territorial or other.

2.  They desire to see no territorial changes that do not accord with the freely expressed wishes of the peoples concerned.

3.  They respect the right of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they will live; and they wish to see sovereign rights and self government restored to those who have been forcibly deprived of them.

4.  They will endeavor, with due respect for their existing obligations, to further the enjoyment by all States, great or small, victor or vanquished, of access, on equal terms, to the trade and to the raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity.

5.  They desire to bring about the fullest collaboration between all nations in the economic field with the object of securing, for all, improved labor standards, economic advancement and social security.

6.  After the final destruction of the Nazi tyranny, they hope to see established a peace which will afford to all nations the means of dwelling in safety within their own boundaries, and which will afford assurance that all the men in all the lands may live out their lives in freedom from fear and want.

7.  Such a peace should enable all men to traverse the high seas and oceans without hindrance.

8.  They believe that all of the nations of the world, for realistic as well as spiritual reasons, must come to the abandonment of the use of force. Since no future peace can be maintained if land, sea or air armaments continue to be employed by nations which threaten, or may threaten, aggression outside of their frontiers, they believe, pending the establishment of a wider and permanent system of general security, that the disarmament of such nations is essential. They will likewise aid and encourage all other practicable measures which will lighten for peace-loving peoples the crushing burden of armaments.

{           Franklin D. Roosevelt

            Winston S. Churchill

OWI Poster No. 50. Additional copies may be obtained upon request from the Division of Public Inquiries, Office of War Information, Washington, D.C.

Historical Background

In August 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt secretly left Washington, D.C. for a rendezvous with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland aboard the U.S.S. Augusta. It was the first time the two men met in person, even though they had long been in correspondence. The United States was officially neutral and not involved in the fighting, but Roosevelt had been supplying Britain with war materials, first on a cash and carry basis, and then through the Lend-Lease Act, for nearly ten months. Their meeting reaffirmed the American commitment to Britain, decided on goals for the war and postwar world, pledged to eliminate the Nazi threat, and echoed many of the lofty ideals of Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech, delivered on January 6, 1941. Informally, the two men agreed to watch for an appropriate international incident to justify American entry into the war.

This broadside, issued by the Office of War Information in 1943, was part of a much larger campaign of allied propaganda during the war. It was designed by William Addison Dwiggins, best known as a type designer, calligrapher, and graphic designer. His work is highly collectible, particularly the bold, colorful designs he created for the publishers Alfred A. Knopf and the Limited Editions Club.

The Office of War Information (OWI) was created in 1942 and served as an important U.S. government propaganda agency during World War II. The OWI poster series included work by a number of prominent artists and designers including Norman Rockwell (his famous “Four Freedoms” series), Ben Shahn, and James Montgomery Flagg.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) was the 32nd president of the United States. A child of privilege from a New York Dutch patroon family, Roosevelt served as assistant secretary of the Navy and governor of New York before running for president at the height of the Great Depression in 1932. Consistently ranked by historians among our nation’s greatest presidents, FDR’s unprecedented four terms guided the United States through the twin crises of the Depression and World War II.

Condition

Smoothed creases, small tears and light staining along edges. Tears in lower left corner are repaired on verso.