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Monday (November 3): 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Special Collections
Main Library Building
Michigan State University
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI, 48824
Phone: (517) 884-6471


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The Masses (1911-1917) was a radical magazine founded in 1911 that reflected the changing relationship between art and politics in the early twentieth century, as did its successor The Liberator (1918-1924). After initial failure The Masses flourished under the guidance of Max Eastman and John Sloan as its art editor. Considered the greatest of the political, socialist, literary, and art magazines, it featured such writers as John Reed, Mary Heaton, Walter Lippman, and Art Young, along with artists George Bellows, George Winter, Stuart Davis, and Glen Coleman among others. Special Collections holds volume 4-10 of The Masses and complete holdings of The Liberator in the Radicalism Collection.

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