A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 22, 1971

TO bring order and meaning to the news — to cast a sharp, bright light on the major events of each week — has always been a cardinal aim of TIME. In recent years a growing number of issues and events have transcended the ordinary boundaries of section headings and cover stories. These exceptional subjects have demanded the broader focus of a special section encompassing many areas. One major topic — Black America — commanded a special issue.

This week TIME'S readers will find a special section on "The Cooling of America" — an examination of the nation's new mood, still uncertain...

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