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Atlantic Conference

The Atlantic Charter was the statement of principles agreed to by President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill of Great Britain at their first wartime conference, August 9-12, 1941.

The conference was held on board naval vessels anchored in Placentia Bay, off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. The Charter was not an official document, but rather a joint statement expressing the war aims of the two countries--one technically neutral and the other at war.

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FDR and Winston Churchill aboard the HMS Prince of Wales FDR aboard HMS Prince of Wales with Winston Churchill, Harry Hopkins, W. Averell Harriman, Ernest King, George Marshall, General Dill, Admiral Starck & Admiral Pound at Atlantic Charter Conference, August 10, 1941. FDR Library photo.

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The Charter expressed the two countries' beliefs in the rights of self-determination, of all people to live in freedom from