Ramparts Vietnam Primer: “I Quit!” (1966)


“Few American magazines are agents of change. Most are chroniclers of their time and place, lightning rods rather than lightning. By the beginning of World War II, the press, and magazines in particular, were propaganda tools, whether they liked it or not, whose chief goal was to influence public opinion in support of the status quo. Even during the McCarthy era, despite some intrepid attempts to influence politics and society, magazines did not challenge popular perceptions or habits in any meaningful way. Then came Ramparts in the mid-1960s. Marking the end of post-war puritan American values, a younger generation that had been raised on the sour milk of McCarthyism reinvigorated periodical publishing. Ramparts on the West Coast was the clarion of new aesthetics, politics and social mores. It exposed CIA involvement in American colleges and universities and reintroduced muckraking to American journalism. In providing alternatives to the dominant culture, Ramparts nurtured the New Left’s emerging sensibilities, which for better or worse helped foment the revolutionary spirit of the time. …”
Ramparts: Agent of Change
Caliban Books
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