JFK+50: Volume 6, No. 203975TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATLANTIC CHARTER
Placentia Bay, Newfoundland (JFK+50) Seventy-five years ago today, August 14, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued a statement of principles which became known as the Atlantic Charter.
Nazi Germany had seized France and most of Europe and were in the process of threatening Soviet Russia. FDR and WC met for five days before issuing the charter.
Steve Hunegs of the Star Tribune says that the principles of the Atlantic Charter, representing "collective security to combat aggression," continue today to serve as a beacon.
President Roosevelt was picked up off the coast of Cape Cod by the cruiser USS Augusta which had steamed out of Newport, Rhode Island and headed to Canada.
The Atlantic Charter includes the following provisions...
*no territory gains sought by the USA or UK
*all people have the right to self-determination
*trade barriers should be lowered
*global economic co-operation
*work for an end to want and fear
*work for freedom of the seas
*disarmament of aggressor nations and post war disarmament
"75 years later, the Atlantic Charter still reflects the US at its best," by Steve Hunegs, August 11, 2016, Star Tribune, www.startribune.com/