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August 14, 1941. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the President of the United States of America, and the Prime Minister, Mr. Churchill, representing His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, issued the Atlantic Charter to "make known certain common principles in the national policies of their respective countries on which they base their hopes for a better future for the world"

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Prime Minister Churchill strokes ship's cat "Blackie" as he boards battleship HMS Prince of Wales with destroyer USS Mcdougall alongside, August 10, 1941.


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Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston S. Churchill at the Atlantic Charter Conference, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland in August ,1941. Standing behind them are from left to right: Admiral Ernest J. King USN, General George C. Marshall, General Sir John Dill, Admiral Harold R. Stark USN, and Admiral Sir Dudley Pound RN.

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World War II: The Road to Pearl Harbor Reading Activity

World War II: The Road to Pearl Harbor Reading Activity In this engaging reading activity students will learn about the foreign policy of the United States prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and complete a corresponding graphic organizer. A formative writing assessment is included. Topics include: Quarantine Speech Neutrality Acts Cash and Carry Tripartite Pact Lend-Lease Act Atlantic Charter Conflict in Indochina


In 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill conferred in their first wartime conference. Together they drafted the Atlantic Charter, a joint declaration of the two nations’ war aims and beliefs. (photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)