National Affairs: For Four Human Freedoms

The President leaned heavily on the rostrum, threw open the big black leather binder, straightway began his message to the 77th Congress on the State of the Union. Outside the Capitol, roped-off on the stretching plaza, stood hundreds of people. Many had been there since early morning. They could see and hear nothing in particular. They were just there.

". . . At no previous time has American security been as seriously threatened from without as it is today. . . . Today, thank God, 130,000,000 Americans, in 48 States, have forgotten points of...

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