On January 9, 1909, Senator Robert M. La Follette Sr. of Wisconsin founded La Folletteâ€™s Weekly to be â€śa magazine of progress, social, intellectual, institutional.â€ť
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One of the first voices to speak out against McCarthyism in the 1950s, The Progressive continues to be among the staunchest defenders of the First Amendment, publishing regular McCarthyism Watch updates by Progressive editor, Matthew Rothschild. Now it is one of the few independent voices in the media reporting on Bushâ€™s imperial designs, environmental degradation, and the resurgence in racism, particularly against Muslims and Arab-Americans.
March 2001 Progressive columnist June Jordan writes â€śThe Invisible People: Black Rage and the Stolen Election.â€ť
Editor Matthew Rothschild writes on â€śThe New McCarthyism.â€ť
The Progressive opposes George W. Bushâ€™s Iraq War.
Thomas J. Nagy publishes â€śThe Secret Behind the Sanctions,â€ť which reveals that the Pentagon knew in advance that sanctions on Iraq would cause epidemics.
Ruth Conniff becomes Washington Editor and appears regularly on CNNâ€™s Sunday Capital Gang.
The Progressive wins the George Polk Award for â€śStunning Technology,â€ť a report on the electronic stun belt, by Anne-Marie Cusac.
Editor Erwin Knoll begins stint on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour roundtable and speaks out against the first Gulf War.
The Progressive publishes â€śBehind the Death Squads,â€ť an exposĂ© of U.S. support for killers in El Salvador, by Allan Nairn.
The U.S. government sues The Progressive in an attempt to prevent publication of the article â€śThe H-Bomb Secret: How We Got Itâ€”Why Weâ€™re Telling It.â€ť A Milwaukee federal court issues a prior restraint order against The Progressive for seven months.
Progressive contributor and subsequent editor Erwin Knoll is named to President Richard Nixonâ€™s â€śEnemies List.â€ť
The Progressive publishes a special Earth Day issue: â€śThe Crisis of Survival.â€ť
The Progressive expresses early opposition to the Vietnam War and suggests that the war will turn out to be a catastrophe.
James Baldwin publishes â€śA Letter to My Nephewâ€ť in The Progressive.
Morris Rubin, editor of The Progressive, wins the George Polk Award for his coverage of Latin America.
Martin Luther King Jr. writes for The Progressive on the student lunchcounter protests in the South.
The Progressive publishes an exposĂ© of Senator Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism. The issue is read aloud in the U.S. Senate and helps prompt a reappraisal of McCarthyâ€™s tactics. It becomes the best-selling issue of The Progressive.
The Progressive, revived by contributions from subscribers, endorses Norman Thomas for President.
The Progressive suspends publication for three months because of economic difficulties.
The Progressive, after advocating neutrality, supports U.S. entry into World War II once Pearl Harbor is attacked.
Belle Case La Follette renames La Folletteâ€™s Weekly as The Progressive.
Robert M. La Follette Sr. dies.
Representative George Huddleston editorializes on the plight of U.S. political prisoners being held under â€śwar laws.â€ť
Helen Keller describes her life philosophy in La Folletteâ€™s Weekly Magazine.
Robert La Follette opposes U.S. entry into World War I.
Belle Case La Follette editorializes on the suffrage movement.
Jane Addams publishes â€śThe Reaction of Moral Instruction Upon Social Reformâ€ť in La Folletteâ€™s Weekly Magazine.
Senator Robert M. La Follette Sr. founds La Folletteâ€™s Weekly Magazine, â€śa magazine of progress, social, intellectual, institutional.â€ť