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About this Exhibit

2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the Atlantic Conference, a secret meeting between American President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston in Argentia Bay, Newfoundland. Held amid the strictest conditions of wartime security, the two leaders and their staffs met over the course of four days, between August 9 and 12, 1941. Together they crafted a joint statement that came to be know as the Atlantic Charter. It expressed in simple, declarative prose eight essential principles for which the Second World War would be waged. As it was released from a series a of drafts prepared and revised by the two leaders, FDR later declared that no such single document ever existed, though the two broadcasts, from Washington and London were identical in almost every respect. This exhibit celebrates their achievement.