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Roosevelt, Rockwell, and the Four Freedoms: How a slip of the tongue inspir...

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The Centre for American Studies invites you to a talk by guest speaker, Dr. James Kimble from Seton Hall University, New Jersey.

Rockwell painted four homely images depicting the Four Freedoms, inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Four Freedoms” speech delivered to Congress on the eve of World War II. The U.S. government subsequently issued posters of Rockwell’s paintings in a highly successful war bond campaign that raised more than $132 million for the war effort. Rockwell’s homely depictions of Roosevelt’s abstract concepts were widely popular across America.

Kimble has previously written about Rockwell's paintings, focusing on how they dramatised and personalised the president's Four Freedoms and the implications of this transformation for conceptualising the rhetorical presidency.


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Dr. James Kimble is the Associate Professor of Communication and the Arts at Seton Hall University. Much of his work focuses on domestic propaganda and the way it helps to construct a rhetorical community even as it fosters depictions of an enemy or Other. Specifically, he has focused on the discourse of the World War II home front but has also published research on the Civil War era and the Cold War.

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