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Guide to the Dissent Magazine Records  TAM.642

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Heather Mulliner

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 25, 2016 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Molly Davy to reflect removal of microfilm  , March 2016

Historical/Biographical Note

Dissent is a quarterly magazine of political and social criticism. Founded in 1954 by Irving Howe, Emanuel Geltman, and Stanley Plastrik,  Dissent has published articles critiquing the political ideologies of the left and right for over 60 years. Informed by democratic socialist ideology and intellectuals on the political left,  Dissent's founders positioned the magazine in contrast to the liberalism of the West and communism of the East. Although  Dissent identifies itself with the democratic socialism of its founders, its editors and contributors represent a broad spectrum of political outlooks. Since its formation it has published articles by a number of prominent intellectuals including Hannah Arendt, Norman Mailer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Ellen Willis, Richard Wright, George Packer, as well as many others.

Irving Howe served as Dissent’s first editor from 1954 until his death in 1993. Following Howe’s death, Mitchell Cohen and Michael Walzer served as co-editors of the magazine until 2013. The current editor of  Dissent magazine is historian Michael Kazin.