The Purpose of the Atlantic Charter.

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USS Augusta

The boat that Roosevelt

Arrived on for the Atlantic Conference

(Courtesy of Eastwaters)

HMS Prince of Wales

The boat that Churchill

Arrived on for the

Atlantic Conference

(Courtesy of Eastwaters)

The Purpose of the

Atlantic Charter

The Atlantic Charter Conference (August 10-12, 1941)

President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill seated on the deck of the HMS Prince of Wales.

(Courtesy of The Department of the Navy)

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"The President of the United States of America and the Prime

Minister, Mr. Churchill, representing His Majesty's Government

In the United Kingdom, being met together, deem it right 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."

The Atlantic Charter, created during World War II, is the small spark that eventually led to the creation of the United Nations. It was never signed, but many nations still had abided to live by it.

Issued on August 14, 1941, it was a charter to help govern all nations in pursuit of a better world. In order for the creators of the charter to obtain a better world they established eight key principles. In these principles they call for high economic standards, freedom from persecutions, freedom from territorial expansions, the disarmament of violent nations, democracy, and a greater force to govern the world for all peoples and all nations.

Before supporting the purpose of the Atlantic Charter, it is best to understand the background of the document. The two main people involved were conservative Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain, and the thirty-second president of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt. They met on August ninth through the twelfth of 1941 at Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. Churchill and his advisors arrived on the HMS Prince of...