Freedom of Speech, constitutional right of all Americans, is the theme of this painting by Norman Rockwell. The first of a series of Four Freedoms laid out by President Roosevelt in 1941 portrays evidence of the historic heritage of democratic discourse of respectfulness as we share ideas, despite apparent differences. My blog digs deeper into Freedom of Speech: the painting and the topic.
You would be disappointed if I did not include this iconic Thanksgiving feast by Norman Rockwell! The setting is something for us to reflect on this year as we have been forced to define for ourselves: wants vs. needs.
Americans on the move. Road trips. This summer, after being cooped up during the endless spring shutdown, and not wanting to risk air travel, many families are taking road trips such as were popular after WWII. Rockwell portrayed one such trip in “Coming & Going” asking the eternal question: “Are we there yet?”
Pondering famous art pertinent to the horrendous current events of racism and violence this past week with the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minnesota, this verse and artwork came to mind. If we all applied the Golden Rule to our lives, the world would be a much different place.
Rockwell’s Four Freedoms inspired a nation during a time of war when we needed comfort, hope and security of home, family and faith