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Weekly magazine originated by Albert Jay Nock, published between 1920 and 1924
The Freeman

The Freeman was a weekly magazine edited by Albert Jay Nock from 1920 to 1924. It was funded by co-editor Francis Neilson, a British author and former member of Parliament, and his wife Helen Swift Neilson, who was heir to a meatpacking fortune. Nock got Suzanne La Follette to join his new venture as an assistant editor, with Walter Fuller as managing editor. Other contributors included Conrad Aiken, Charles A. Beard, William Henry Chamberlin, John Dos Passos, Thomas Mann, Lewis Mumford, Bertrand Russell, Carl Sandburg, Lincoln Steffans, Louis Untermeyer and Thorstein Veblen.


Freeman: 1920-1924
    by Charles H. Hamilton, The Conservative Press in Twentieth-Century America, 1999
On 17 March 1920, these liberal journals were joined by a serious rival. The Freeman optimistically proposed 'to meet the new sense of responsibility and the new spirit of inqury which recent events have liberated especially in the fields of economics and politics'. For four years, the Freeman helped to shape intellectual opinion in America. It forcefully presented another thread in liberalism, claiming a classical liberal and Jeffersonian heritage that it proclaimed as 'radical.' ... The idea for the Freeman originated with Albert Jay Nock and came to fruition through conversations with Francis Neilson and Helen Swift Neilson in 1919.

Publication Frequency

17 March 1920-5 March 1924

Staff and Associates

Albert Jay NockEditor


Albert Jay Nock: A Gifted Pen for Radical Individualism, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Mar 1997
Biographical essay, including Nock's early life, editorship of The Freeman (1920-1924), and notable books and essays
[Nock] became a name to reckon with as editor and writer for The Freeman (1920-1924). The great antiwar journalist Oswald Garrison Villard called it "the best-written weekly yet to appear in the United States, a publication which thoroughly merited a permanent place in American journalism." ... The first weekly issue appeared March 17, 1920. The magazine measured 8½ inches by 12½ inches and contained 24 pages of articles and letters about politics, literature, music, and other topics. Nock's principal collaborator was [Helen Swift] Neilson's English husband, Francis ...
Nock, Albert Jay (1870-1945), by Charles H. Hamilton, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
Biographical and bibliographical essay
Nock took up Randolph Bourne's battle cry when he died in December 1918: "War is the health of the State." The result was The Freeman, a weekly magazine that Nock and B. W. Huebsch published from March 17, 1920, to March 5, 1924. Nock wrote as much as 20% of the material in a 24-page tabloid-size issue. He edited and wrote for all but 8 of the 208 issues. A remarkable group of staff members and contributors joined Nock to produce a stunning periodical of individualist radicalism that Van Wyck Brooks described as "a paper that was generally known as the best written in the country."
Related Topics: Albert Jay Nock, The State

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