This is one of Rockwell’s freedom illustrations which is inspired by Roosevelt’s speech on the 6th January 1941 in which he outlines the ‘Four Freedoms.’ This illustration describes ‘Freedom from want…everywhere in the world.’ It is important to realise the context of this picture as in 1941 Europe was at war due to the domination of Nazi Germany. Hence, individual freedoms were prohibited for many parts in Europe and Roosevelt wanted to outline the important of freedom and the necessity of Americans entering war for these freedoms for the whole world.
The picture portrays America as the parental figure to other countries. This is illustrated in the figure of the man in the suit at the top of the table whilst the mother aids the man by presenting the food to the table. Younger figures are sat at the table, happy and amazed by what has been provided by the ‘parents.’ Hence, America is the ‘father of freedom’ from want and America has to provide for other countries who do not have this privilege and this reinforced the necessity of the Americans entering the Second World War.
Fortune magazine stated that freedom from want was the “most ambiguous of the Four.” It can be argued that freedom from want was the hardest freedom to achieve as it would involve government aid in the form of social policies and employment. Foner argues that this form of freedom would need to result in government action for Americans and individuals across the world. As a result of this poster above, expectation from American citizens as regards to recovery of the economy and extra support for the working class became stronger.