British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin
D. Roosevelt aboard a warship off the coast of Newfoundland during the
Atlantic Conference. The conference took place from August 9-12, 1941,
and resulted in the Atlantic Charter, a joint proclamation by the United
States and Britain declaring that they were fighting the Axis powers to "ensure
life, liberty, independence and religious freedom and to preserve the rights
of man and justice."
The Atlantic Charter served as a foundation stone for the later establishment
of the United Nations, setting forth several principles for the nations
of the world, including -- the renunciation of all aggression, right to
self-government, access to raw materials, freedom from want and fear, freedom
of the seas, and disarmament of aggressor nations.
(Photo credit: U.S. National Archives)
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