On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's State of the Union Address was a monumental speech, in which he expressed the "four essential human freedoms". These specifically were a freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want-—a "healthy peacetime life", and freedom from fear-—essentially world peace. The speech also expressed his support of American values of democracy and liberty, and argued that America should support Britain in its fight against Germany because Britain represented those exact republican principles. He stated that the US should prepare to enter World War II itself. This rhetoric resulted in the Lend-Lease program with Britain, as well as greatly promoting public support for the war--most people were strongly opposed to American involvement at that point.

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