WWII Politics: The Age of the Garden


WWII Politics: The Age of the Garden


WWII Victory Garden: Written Documents Collection-Franklin Roosevelt's Speeches

This collection examines the push from the government for the WWII home front to grow victory gardens. It sets the political context for the era, or the age, of the World War II victory garden.

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The Four Freedoms: Message to the 77th Congress, January 6, 1941
Poster of FDR's Four Freedom Speech. The idea of freedom was very important to Franklin Roosevelt. He gave a speech highlighting the types of freedom that he believed people should have. One of these four freedoms was freedom form want. Although it…

Ours to Fight For: Freedom From Want
Visual interpretation of FDR's Four Freedom's speech. A family sitting down to to eat turkey dinner. Norman Rockwell painted a series of four pictures interpreting Franklin Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech. This image demonstrates the third…

Four Freedoms Speech
FDR's address to the nation. This speech emphasizes the role that America plays in bringing freedom and democracy to the world. One of the points is Freedom from want, which is interpreted as freedom from wanting food. The Four Freedoms speech is an…

March 9, 1942- Address on the Ninth Anniversary of the New Deal Farm Program
Talking to farmers and those who consume farm products and tells the American people to help in every way. Roosevelt demonstrates that food is just as important as weapons.

"we can all redirect ourselves to the spirit with which this common effort…

November 26, 1942- Proclamation 2571: Thanksgiving Day
Declared the 4th Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day. Gathering the harvest and the importance of the home front to produce food. Home front gardeners are as important as soldiers.

"In giving thanks for the greatest harvest in the history of our…

November 1, 1943- Message to Congress on the Food Program
Importance of food to the war effort. Outlines the food plan/ program for 1944.

"Much credit is also due to the patriotic men and women who spent so much time and energy in planting twenty million victory gardens in the United States, and helped…

November 11, 1943- Proclamation 2600: Thanksgiving Day, 1943
Speech to encourage food production and conservation. November 1943 is "Food Fights for Freedom" Month

"Our farmers, victory gardeners, and crop volunteers have gathered and stored a heavy harvest in the barns and bins and cellars. Our total food…

April 1, 1944- Statement Encouraging Victory Gardens
Government endorsed gardening. Food is important in fighting the war.

"even the small gardens help"

In his speeches, FDR constantly emphasized the importance that food supply played in helping the war effort. It was an easy for for any home…

January 22, 1945- Statement on Food Conservation
Pleads with Americans to continue the fight through the production of food.

"I call upon the millions of victory gardeners who have done so much to swell the Nation's food supply in the war years to continue their good work."

In his speeches,…
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