Rockwell, Roosevelt and Freedom

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 04 June 2019 > Ready to Use

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


  • Roosevelt
  • Understanding a speech


Rockwell and Roosevelt: the Four Freedoms
Mémorial de Caen
10 June-27 October 2019
Information about class visits

Notion(s) culturelle(s) : "Lieux et formes du pouvoir"