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The Atlantic Charter represents a fluid moment in American history.  By aligning the political and military aims of the allies, the agreement created the diplomatic and political framework for the nation’s response to Pearl Harbor and entry into the Second World War.

The Atlantic Charter was the born in the Atlantic Conference, a meeting held between British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which occurred in August of 1941, in Argetnia Bay, Newfoundland.   Conducted under the stringent requirements of wartime secrecy, four months before Pearl Harbor, it was the first face to face meeting of the two leaders and their respective aids.  In the face of continued Congressional opposition, and a sharp reluctance in public opinion to engage in a “hot war”, FDR recognized the urgency of preparing for coming hostilities.  Together they created a vision of a post-war world, based on the shared values of Western democracies in what came to be known as the Atlantic Charter, laying the foundation for a collaboration that would eventually win the war.

  This exhibit follows the journey in space, time, and global events, relating them to the ideas expressed in the eight points of the Atlantic Charter.  This joint statement was issued simultaneously in London and Washington on August 14th, though FDR long claimed that no such document actually existed.  The content is drawn from the on-line Archive at the FDR Presdiential Library at Hyde Park, newspapers, images and other web based resources, as well as some well recognized published accounts of the event, and other biographical sources.

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