The Press: Old Left, New Broom

Fresh out of Carleton College and fortified with a letter of introduction from one of his professors, Thomas B. Morgan came to New York City in 1949 for an interview at an earnest little journal of ideas called Politics. "You've got a job," said Editor Dwight Macdonald, handing Morgan a broom. "Sweep out the room. We just folded."

This week Morgan will buy his own journal of ideas, The Nation, America's oldest continuously published weekly (founded in 1865). The magazine has always been slightly to the left of American journalism, and often out in front. The Nation blew the whistle five months...

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