A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 7, 1976

Slightly more than a. year ago, I was in Washington to present a special leather-bound copy of our first Bicentennial issue, Independence!, to President Ford. It was warmly received and read in the White House, and in about 6 million other households—more than any issue of TIME ever published. It seemed appropriate, then, that as soon as TIME'S second Bicentennial issue, The New Nation, was completed, a special edition be given to the country's second highest ranking reader, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. As it turned out, the Vice President had just finished serving as a bicentenary tour guide, having escorted...

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