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17th Annual Martin…

Feb 27 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

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THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Feb 27 - Mar 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Feb 27 - 27, 2015
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Ashé presents the…

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BODY ELECTRIC Group…

Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2015
Inspired by Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric", this… more

Documentary ‘Big…

Feb 27 - 28, 2015
Join us for the documentary film "Big Charity" at the Joy Theater.… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Feb 27 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

Friday Nights at NOMA

Feb 27 - 27, 2015
Every Friday evening, come to the museum for activities and entertainment.… more

Jefferson Arts…

Feb 27 - Mar 15, 2015
Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Feb 27 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Lauren Sturm - Bayou…

Feb 27 - 27, 2015
Performs solo acoustic piano. more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Feb 27 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Music at the Mint…

Feb 27 - 27, 2015
Diablos' Horns is a New Orleans brass supergroup with a guitar hero singing… more

Music at the Mint…

Feb 27 - 27, 2015
Guitarists Jimmy Robinson and Cranston Clements have been playing together for… more

New Orleans Celtic…

Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2015
New Orleans Celtic Festival is an annual event dedicated to preserving and… more

Octavia Art Gallery…

Feb 27 - 28, 2015
Edward Bear Miller's figurative, gestural, and bold representations of our… more

Sonic Bloom featuring…

Feb 27 - 27, 2015
Join us for Sonic Bloom featuring Eric "Benny" Bloom. more

Stage Door Canteen…

Feb 27 - Apr 5, 2015
"Always ... Patsy Cline," a musical play, complete with down-home… more

Tennessee Williams:…

Feb 27 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

17th Annual Martin…

Feb 27 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

An Exploration of America's March from Isolation to Action

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 An Exploration of America's March from Isolation to Action

NEW ORLEANS (September 21, 2011) - In a new exhibit, Roosevelt, Rockwell and the Four Freedoms, The National WWII Museum explores how America moved from isolation to action in the lead-up to World War II and how four iconic paintings by Norman Rockwell came to represent the ideals we fought for in the war that changed the world.

In his State of the Union address on January 6, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt first enunciated the Four Freedoms - the principles which came to symbolize what America stood for and fought to defend in World War II: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear. Two years later, with the United States fully immersed in the war, Norman Rockwell turned Roosevelt's Four Freedoms into four iconic paintings, which then became some of the best known American propaganda posters of World War II.

The 1,600 square-foot exhibit includes these four original wartime propaganda posters created from Rockwell's work, as well as artifacts illustrating these principles and video displays showing how the Four Freedoms were relevant to Americans during WWII and what they mean today. The artifacts, including a Volksempfänger 301 "Peoples Radio," commonly used for Nazi broadcasts; a child's gas mask, a prisoner of war food package and a dog tag bearing the letter "H" for "Hebrew" powerfully interpret each of the Four Freedoms. These are just a few of the many compelling items presented for public viewing.

"The Four Freedoms exhibit explores a lesser-known side of WWII history-the time period before Pearl Harbor, when Americans debated what to do about the wars in Europe and Asia," said Kenneth Hoffman, the Museum's Director of Education. "As President Roosevelt became convinced that the United States must aid Great Britain in its solitary fight against Nazi Germany, he knew he needed to provide a moral justification to persuade his fellow Americans to go along."

Roosevelt, Rockwell and the Four Freedoms: America's Slow March from Isolation to Action is on view through November 13, 2011 in the Museum's Joe W. and D.D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery. It will be followed by the special exhibition Infamy: December, 1941, focusing on the Pearl Harbor attack which propelled the nation into World War II. This December marks the 70th Anniversary of that cataclysmic event.

The Museum is offering a variety of free programming planned in support of this exhibit - from film screenings to family activities and lectures. Learn more about the public programming that accompanies this exhibit at http://wwiimuseum-marketing.createsend3.com/t/r/l/tdjrlry/ilkdkiel/i/.

The National World War II Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world - why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today.  Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America's National World War II Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit http://wwiimuseum-marketing.createsend3.com/t/r/l/tdjrlry/ilkdkiel/d/ . Follow us on Twitter at WWIImuseum or visit our Facebook fan page.