The Press: Nation's 75th

Three months after General Lee surrendered at Appomattox in 1865, the first issue of a new liberal weekly called The Nation appeared in Manhattan. Founder and editor was a shy, 33-year-old, Irish Presbyterian, Edwin Lawrence Godkin, who had emigrated to the U. S. nine years earlier. His associate editor, Wendell Phillips Garrison, was the son of Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. The Nation (named after a fiery Dublin weekly) announced that its purpose was to defend "free inquiry and free endeavor."

Last week The Nation celebrated its 75th birthday (five months prematurely) with a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!