The New Leader

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The New Leader
Former editorsSuzanne La Follette, Sol Levitas, James Oneal (founding editor)
CategoriesPolitics and culture
First issue1924
Final issue2006 (print)
2010 (digital)
CompanyAmerican Labor Conference on International Affairs
Based inNew York, New York

The New Leader (1924–2010) was an American political and cultural magazine.


The New Leader began in 1924 under a group of figures associated with the Socialist Party of America, such as Eugene V. Debs and Norman Thomas. It was published in New York City by the American Labor Conference on International Affairs. Its orientation was liberal and anti-communist. The Tamiment Institute was its primary supporter.

Its overall politics shifted in its second decade:

Under Levitas's editorship, during years when the much-higher-circulation Nation and New Republic often ran acrobatic apologies for Stalin, the New Leader became a bi-weekly platform for what was then known as liberal anti-Communism.[1]



Its contributors were prominent liberal thinkers and artists. The New Leader was the first to publish Joseph Brodsky and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in the United States. It was the first to publish Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail". Other contributors, who were generally paid nothing or only a modest fee, included James Baldwin, Daniel Bell, Willy Brandt, David Dallin, Milovan Djilas, Theodore Draper, Max Eastman, Ralph Ellison, Sidney Hook, Hubert Humphrey, George F. Kennan, Murray Kempton, Irving Kristol, Melvin Lasky,[4] Richard J. Margolis, Reuben Markham,[5] Claude McKay, C. Wright Mills, Hans Morgenthau, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Albert Murray, Ralph de Toledano, Reinhold Niebuhr, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, Cyril Joad, Bayard Rustin, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. and Tony Sender.[6][7]


The New Leader ceased print publication after the January/April 2006 double issue. A bimonthly online version was published from January/February 2007 to May/June/July/August 2010.

Longtime Editor Myron Kolatch conducted an interview with Columbia University's The Current in 2007.[8] He mainly discussed the history of journals of ideas (The New Leader, Partisan Review, The New Republic, National Review) and their role in politics and intellectual discourse. Kolatch's "Who We Are and Where We Came From", adapted from the last print issue, covers some of the same topics.[9]

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  1. ^ Yehudah, Mirsky (August 24, 2010). "Requiem for a Big Little Magazine". Jewish Ideas Daily. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  2. ^ New Leader records, 1895-2011 bulk 1924-2006, Columbia University, 2007, retrieved 14 October 2019
  3. ^ "Liston Oak Dies; Leftist Editor". New York Times. 9 February 1970. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  4. ^ "The Cultural Cold War". New York Times. 23 April 2000. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  5. ^ Markham, Reuben (May 19, 1945). "The Serbian Volcano". The New Leader. etc.
  6. ^ McGrath, Charles (January 23, 2006). "A Liberal Beacon Burns Out". New York Times. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  7. ^ Robert F. Wheeler (1972)"The Tony Sender Papers" Newsletter: European Labor and Working Class History No. 1 (May, 1972), pp. 5-7
  8. ^ The Current: Spring 2007 Current Q & A: Myron Kolatch
  9. ^ Who We Are and Where We Came From, The New Leader.

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