In his State of the Union Address on January 6, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt presented his reasons for American involvement in the European war, continued aid to Great Britain and increased American war industry production. The United States, FDR said, was fighting for the universal freedoms that all people possessed.
- freedom of speech and expression– everywhere in the world
- freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world
- freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants — everywhere in the world
- freedom from fear, which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor — anywhere in the world.