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Typographic US propaganda poster promoting FDR’s Four Freedoms in Central America

Object | Accession Number: 2012.228.1

Cuatro Libertades (Four Freedoms) is an American propaganda poster produced during World War II for distribution in Central America. It is part of a series of five posters created to promote President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. In his January 1941 State of the Union address, FDR proposed four fundamental freedoms that people everywhere in the world should enjoy: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. The Spanish language posters were published by the Office of Inter-American Affairs in 1942 to gain support for the Allies in Central America. Herbert Bayer, Alexey Brodovitch, Edward McKnight Kauffer, and John Atherton were commissioned to design the posters by Nelson Rockefeller, Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs. This colorful typographic poster was designed by Herbert Bayer. Bayer was a Bauhaus trained graphic designer who fled Germany for the US after his works were displayed in the 1937 Nazi exhibition, Degenerate Art.

Artwork Title
Cuatro Libertades
Alternate Title
Four Freedoms
Series Title
Cuatro Libertades
publication/distribution:  1942
issue: Washington (D.C.)
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Carlos Zepeda
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:26:41
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