Pictured are 3 Rare 1945 “The Nation” Liberal Weekly Publications that were published just after WWII ended. These publications feature the views on what our servicemen and women and our country will be facing after WWII. From July 6, 1865 "The Nation" Liberal Weekly Publication has continuously been published giving its political views on almost anything straight into 2014. Also there are a number of articles and stories are found in each issue written by those of very liberal views. Listed below is a description of each publication including some of the stories along with its condition:
1.The Nation dated August 25th,1945, Volume 161, Number 8; 27 pages; Measures 8 ½” wide x 11 ½” long. The most important story in this issue is titled The Story of the Commanding Officer, Eric Purdon, of the U.S.S. PC 1264, as he took command of the first minor warship to be manned by a predominantly Negro crew. The crew consisted of five white commissioned officers and eight white leading pretty officers who were instructors along with fifty-three colored ratings and seamen. The men came from all parts of the country and including men from cotton fields, ranches, farm boys, garage mechanics, fishermen, mail clerks, stevedores, and warehouse men ranging from age 17 to age 44. After 6 long months of training and working together as a close nit group the commanding officer recommended that all the white petty officers and one commissioned officer be replaced by colored servicemen. At the end of the training Officer Eric Purdon stated, "I know of no other crew I'd rather have in Combat". Although only one page long it is a great story of how the crew worked together in a time when the colored people were considered second class individuals. *Covers: Good- condition. There is some chipping along all the outer edges and the spine, a light blue stain along the right edge near the top edge of the back cover, and a 1” and 2” tear and a small piece missing from the top edge of the back cover. *Inside Pages: Good- condition. There are tiny tears and minor chipping along the top edge of most of the inside pages, and a light blue stain near the top right corners of each of the inside pages. The covers and inside pages are yellowed from age.
2.The Nation dated October 6th, 1945, Volume 161, Number 14; 27 pages; Measures 8 ½” wide x 11 ½” long. The most interesting story in this issue are---“Wages, Prices, and Taxes”. With the waves of unpatriotic strikes by union leaders, reds, and avaricious employers and groups of selfish men, it's safe to say they are responsible for delaying the country’s economic future. "The Plight of the Jews" by I.F. Stone deals with William O'Dwyer’s final report as executive director of the War Refugee Board. After President Truman read the Harrison recommendations he ordered General Eisenhower to take immediate steps to improve conditions among the remaining Jewish and other stateless persons in the Reich and the problem of Jewish immigration into Palestine. *Covers: Good- condition. There are blue stains at the top edge and along the bottom edge of the front cover and a small amount of blue stain near the bottom edge of the back cover. *Inside Pages: Good- condition. There are dark blue and light blue stains on most of the inside pages. The covers and inside pages are yellowed from age.
3.Dated October 13th, 1945, Volume 161, Number 15; 25 pages; Measures 8 ½” wide x 11 ½” long. The most interesting stories in this issue are France Swings Socialist by Oreste Rosenfeld and How the Nazis Stay In Power by Saul K. Padover. *Covers: Good condition. There is a small amount of light blue stain near the bottom of the spine on the front cover and a tiny tear at bottom of spine. *Inside Pages: Good condition. There is a tiny amount of light blue stain on about ½ of the inside pages and a small amount of red pencil underlining certain sentences. The covers and inside pages are yellowed from age.
In addition to the over 60 stories and articles in these publications, there are numerous ads that you'll find quite interesting.
I'm always pleased to find great pieces of WWII memorabilia to offer for sale and and these three "The Nation Liberal Weekly Magazines" will be a fantastic addition to anyone’s personal collection of WWII memorabilia. A great gift or birthday present for a friend or member of your family who are always wanting to learn all about our nation and the numerous hardships the American family went through while living through WWII.
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