Good Granite Ledge

To the U.S. people, the Office of War Information presented a little pamphlet—anonymous but bearing the unmistakeable cool steel touch of Elmer Davis' pen—explaining the four freedoms, which Franklin Roosevelt laid down 19 months ago, as something to live by and fight for:

"Nothing is for sale at bargain prices, nor will the house be built in three days with cheap labor. The declaration of the four freedoms is not a promise of a gift which the people will receive: it is a declaration of a design which the people themselves may execute."

Freedom of Speech. "Free government is the...

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