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"
Religious service on board HMS Prince of Wales during Atlantic Charter Conference, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, 10 Aug 1941; note Roosevelt, Churchill, King, Marshall, Dill, Stark, and Pound in presence; USS Arkansas in background
Rockefeller Plaza, exhibit [for] United Nations by OWI, New York, N.Y. Between photographic displays is [the] Atlantic charter in frame with transmitters at each end and where voices of Roosevelt, Churchill and Chiang Kai-Shek are heard each half hour; surrounded by statues of the four freedoms
Officially the original "Atlantic Charter" was really just a press release; it was not a treaty which would require Senate approval, nor was it signed by anyone. The vague policies it formulated echoed the Fourteen Points issued by Woodrow Wilson in 1918, and evolved into the United Nations Charter in 1945. However, there was no mention of an international organization in 1941. Even so, isolationists denounced it as too favorable to Britain, and darkly warned that there probably were secret…