The New Republic is 100 years old and yet it doesn’t look a day over 23. The first TNR was published November 7, 1914.
To celebrate its birthday, TNR has published a special centennial issue featuring content from Hanna Rosin, Hendrik Hertzberg, Jonathan Chait, Michael Lewis and many more.
The double issue clocks in at 144 pages and hits newsstands today. To get you started, check out the Franklin Foer feature on the history of TNR and how it helped launch modern liberalism:
Unlike the highbrow little magazines to come in the 1930s, The New Republic wasn’t intended to be a clubby conversation among the hyper-literate. [Herbert] Croly had a very specific understanding of elites: They were meant to be a vanguard that would self-consciously shape the political culture of the country and set its artistic standards. Croly wanted his publication to serve as a transmission belt of ideas, carrying the thoughts of intellectuals to a much broader and, therefore, much more meaningful audience.
See TNR’s first cover below. It was… Plain!