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We are fighting on the same side with the British people, who fought alone for long, terrible months, and withstood the enemy with fortitude and tenacity and skill.

We are fighting on the same side with the Russian people who have seen the Nazi hordes swarm up to the very gates of Moscow, and who with almost superhuman will and courage have forced the invaders back into retreat.

We are fighting on the same side as the brave people of China—those millions who for four and a half long years have withstood bombs and starvation and have whipped the invaders time and again in spite of the superior Japanese equipment and arms. Yes, we are fighting on the same side as the indomitable Dutch. We are fighting on the same side as all the other Governments in exile, whom Hitler and all his armies and all his Gestapo have not been able to conquer.

But we of the United Nations are not making all this sacrifice of human effort and human lives to return to the kind of world we had after the last world war.

We are fighting today for security, for progress, and for peace, not only for ourselves but for all men, not only for one generation but for all generations. We are fighting to cleanse the world of ancient evils, ancient ills.

— President F.D. Roosevelt, State of the Union 1942

March 06, 2013, 9:42pm / 41

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There are many roads which lead right to Tokyo. We shall neglect none of them.

— President Roosevelt, Casablanca Conference 12 Feb 1943

April 07, 2012, 1:00pm / 9

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We are daily increasing our strength. Soon, we and not our enemies, will have the offensive; we, not they, will win the final battles; and we, not they, will make the final peace.

— President Roosevelt, February 1942

November 12, 2011, 2:30pm / 12

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The British and the Russian people have known the full fury of Nazi onslaught. There have been times when the fate of London and Moscow was in serious doubt. But there was never the slightest question that either the British or the Russians would yield. And today all the United Nations salute the superb Russian Army as it celebrates the twenty-fourth anniversary of its first assembly.

Though their homeland was overrun, the Dutch people are still fighting stubbornly and powerfully overseas. The great Chinese people have suffered grievous losses; Chungking has been almost wiped out of existence, yet it remains the capital of an unbeatable China.

That is the conquering spirit which prevails throughout the United Nations in this war.

The task that we Americans now face will test us to the uttermost. Never before have we been called upon for such a prodigious effort. Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.

— President Roosevelt, February 1942

November 11, 2011, 9:02pm / 17

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There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman, and child—is in action, and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives, and in our daily tasks.

— President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 28 April 1942

July 27, 2011, 6:15pm / 20

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Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt (via andymydearr)

July 04, 2011, 4:44pm / 46

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We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a letter to Dr. William Allan Neilson, Jan 9, 1940.

May 08, 2011, 12:36am / 26

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66th years ago today America’s only four term president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, died while on retreat in Georgia. In the wake of Roosevelt’s death, Vice President Harry S. Truman was left in charge of a country still neck deep in the Second World War and in possession of a weapon of unprecedented and terrifying power.Roosevelt had presided over the Great Depression, and some of the most important hours of the Second World War II. He left Truman with the difficult decision of whether or not to continue the development and, ultimately, use of the atomic bomb. Truman had been in the dark about the bomb’s development, the Manhattan Project, and it was not until Roosevelt’s passing did he learn of the Project. As the train carrying Roosevelt’s coffin traveled slowly from Warm Springs, Georgia to Washington, D.C., thousands of Americans lined the tracks to bid farewell to the only president they had known and to the man who saw them through some of the most trying times of their lives.

66th years ago today America’s only four term president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, died while on retreat in Georgia. In the wake of Roosevelt’s death, Vice President Harry S. Truman was left in charge of a country still neck deep in the Second World War and in possession of a weapon of unprecedented and terrifying power.

Roosevelt had presided over the Great Depression, and some of the most important hours of the Second World War II. He left Truman with the difficult decision of whether or not to continue the development and, ultimately, use of the atomic bomb. Truman had been in the dark about the bomb’s development, the Manhattan Project, and it was not until Roosevelt’s passing did he learn of the Project.

As the train carrying Roosevelt’s coffin traveled slowly from Warm Springs, Georgia to Washington, D.C., thousands of Americans lined the tracks to bid farewell to the only president they had known and to the man who saw them through some of the most trying times of their lives.

/ April 12, 2011 / 121

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