Of course, it’s impossible to pinpoint the beginning of Dissent. Probably the idea of a new magazine was mentioned first in early 1953; the first issue is dated January I, 1954. (I recall vividly the moment when the first copy came from the printer.) It certainly was “in the works” at least a year before this. We had agreed not to begin unless we had funds to sustain the effort for at least one year. The task of raising this sum—I think it was $6,000—proved difficult.
Which particular exchange of letters among old political friends and associates can be said to have sparked the idea of Dissent? Perhaps more important than this question is the fact that in addition to those who had been together f...
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