This B1-level article will introduce your pupils to the Rockwell and Roosevelt Four Freedoms Exhibition (Caen Mémorial, June-October 2019). It focuses and expands on a very specific passage from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State of the Union speech delivered in January 1941 in which he put an emphasis on freedom, or rather freedoms: freedom from fear, from want, freedom of religion and of speech. As the U.S. entered WWII, Rockwell gave shape to these concepts in four paintings that are now world-famous and the subjects of an exhibition in Caen celebrating the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Vocabulary and structures
- war : allies, raging, war
- politics : State of the Union speech, terms, president
- religion : worship, God, pray
- present simple vs be+ ing : describing paintings
- past : preterite
- past hypothesis : must /may / might / can’t have +V-EN
- Understanding a speech
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "The Problem We All Live With 1963". Oil on canvas, 91,4x148,1 cm. Illustration for "Look" 14 January 1964. Norman Rockwell Museum Collection .