UNITED NATIONS: Something for a Name

A man from New Zealand last week stumbled over that beautiful and dangerous phrase, "United Nations." Like many another man, stubbing his toe gave him an idea.

"The United Nations" is President Roosevelt's label for the 28 nations which up to this week have signed the Roosevelt-Churchill Atlantic Charter ("the Four Freedoms"). It may, according to the President, include any & all nations "which are, or which may be, rendering material assistance and contributions in the struggle for victory over Hitlerism." But the label "United Nations" is dangerous because too many people think that it also signifies a fully effective body...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!