A Children's Charter
We are in total war against the aggressor nations. We are fighting again for human freedom and especially for the future of our children in a free world.
Children must be safeguarded—and they can be safeguarded—in the midst of this total war so that they can live and share in that future. They must be nourished, sheltered, and protected even in the stress of war production so that they will be strong to carry forward a just and lasting peace.
Our American Republics sprang from a sturdy yearning for tolerance, independence, and self-government. The American home has emerged from the search for freedom. Within it the child lives and learns through his own efforts the meaning and responsibilities of freedom.
We have faith in the children of the New World—faith that if our generation does its part now, they will renew the living principles in our common life and make the most of them.
Both as a wartime responsibility and as stepping-stones to our future—and to theirs—we call upon citizens, young and old, to join together to—
I. Guard children from injury in danger zones.
II. Protect children from neglect, exploitation, and undue strain in defense areas.
III. Strengthen the home life of children whose parents are mobilized for war or war production.
IV. Conserve, equip, and free children of every race and creed to take their part in democracy.
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