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July 1916

The Masses, an amazing political journal of art, poetry, prose, biting satire and gripping reportage, was shut down by the U.S. government of Woodrow Wilson after the U.S. entered WWI. Prior to that sorry occurrence, it was one of the edgiest, most brilliant, poignant and funny publications ever to be published in this country. There are two collections in print, Echoes of Revolt: The Masses 1911-1917 (Elephant Paperbacks, Ivan R. Dee, Chicago: 1989) and Art for the Masses (Temple University Press: 1988). You’ll be delighted at how timely it still is, nearly nine decades later.

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