The Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech

Replica of Statue of Liberty, Paris (2007)

This replica of the Statue of Liberty is near the Grenelle Bridge on the Ile des Cygnes in the Seine. The statue is of Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom and serves as a powerful symbol of the United States to people around the world. Replicas of the Statue of Liberty are found around the world in Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. There are several in the United States, from Legoland to Las Vegas, Buffalo to Birmingham.

“Freedom of Speech” is the last image in my perspective on the “Four Freedoms.” I chose this photo because the colors of the sky, the statue and the Eiffel Tower all blend together, suggesting to me that freedom of speech is in the very air we breathe, whether we live in a country where that right is exercised free from retaliation or not. Our freedom of speech doesn’t color our lives, it is an integral aspect.

What strikes you about this image and its connection to freedom of speech?

Norman Rockwell (1943)

Norman Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech

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