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The American Mercury – News Magazines Online

1924-1978 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

New York

An American magazine published from 1924 to 1981; this online magazine archives has issues through the 1950s. It was founded as the brainchild of H. L. Mencken and drama critic George Jean Nathan. The magazine featured writing by some of the most important writers in the United States through the 1920s and 1930s. After a change in ownership in the 1940s, the magazine attracted conservative writers. A second change in ownership a decade later turned the magazine into a virulently anti-Semitic publication. It was published monthly in New York City. The magazine went out of business in 1981, having spent the last 25 years of its existence in decline and controversy.” – Wikipedia. Free vintage news magazine to read online. American Mercury Magazine.

The American Prospect – Political Magazines Online

American Prospect Magazine Website

Past Issues

Washington, DC: The American Prospect

“The American Prospect magazine is devoted to promoting informed discussion on public policy from a progressive perspective. In print and online, the Prospect brings a narrative, journalistic approach to complex issues, addressing the policy alternatives and the politics necessary to create good legislation. We help to dispel myths, challenge conventional wisdom, and expand the dialogue.” – American Prospect website. American Prospect magazine free online. Free news magazines to read online, free politics magazines.

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The American Spectator – Political Magazine Online

American Spectator Magazine Website

1970-2009

1972-2013 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

New York

“The American Spectator magazine is a conservative U.S. website (and formerly monthly magazine) covering news and politics, edited by Emmett Tyrrell and published by the non-profit American Spectator Foundation.” – Wikipedia. American Spectator magazine back issues free.

Atlantic Monthly – Politics Magazines

Atlantic Monthly Magazine Website

Late 1980s to at least 2007

U.S., Atlantic Monthly

Volumes run from the late 1980s to at least 2007, and are not in chronological order.
For more than 160 years, The Atlantic has been the premier magazine for coverage and analysis of current events, international affairs, and culture. A great deal has changed since Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, and Harriet Beecher Stowe planned the first issue in 1857. But since its inception, The Atlantic has given voice to some of the most provocative ideas of its time, from Henry David Thoreau’s blunt naturalism to Martin Luther King’s calls for justice. Today, the magazine maintains an unwavering commitment to publishing authors whose ideas help move society forward. Atlantic Monthly magazine free online.

Black World/Negro Digest – Politics Magazines

1961-1976

Johnson

“The Negro Digest, later renamed Black World, was a magazine for the African-American market. Founded in November 1942 by publisher John H. Johnson, founder of Johnson Publishing Company, it was first published locally in Chicago, Illinois.” – Wikipedia. Black World Magazine back issues.

Collier’s National Weekly – Politics Magazines

1901-1923

1908-1918

1926-1957 at UNZ

The volumes below are at Internet Archive

Oct-Dec 1942Jan-Mar 1943Jul-Sep 1943Jul-Sep 1947
Oct-Dec 1947Apr-Jun 1948Jan-Mar 1949Apr-Jun 1949
Jul-Sep 1950Nov-Dec 1952Jan-Feb 1953Apr-Jun 1956

New York

Collier’s magazine was an American weekly, founded in 1888 by Peter Fenelon Collier, who was a pioneer in investigative journalism. For decades it had a reputation for being politically progressive, and became by 1919 one of the most popular magazines in the U.S. It reached a circulation of 2.8 million by 1946, but began a decline in the early ’50s. It changed to a bi-weekly in August 1953, and ceased publication in January 1957. – from Wikipedia. Colliers magazine back issues. Read magazines online for free.

Columbia Journalism Review – News Magazine Online

Columbia Journalism Review Magazine Website

Past Issues

NY: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

“Columbia Journalism Review’s mission is to encourage and stimulate excellence in journalism in the service of a free society. It is both a watchdog and a friend of the press in all its forms, from newspapers to magazines to radio, television, and the Web. The magazine is published six times a year, and offers a deliberative mix of reporting, analysis, criticism, and commentary.” – CJR website. Columbia Journalism Review free online, free news magazines.

The Crisis – Political Magazines PDF

The Crisis Magazine Website

Vol 1 (1910)

1911-2011

U.S.

“The Crisis magazine is the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It was founded in 1910 by W. E. B. Du Bois (editor), Oswald Garrison Villard, J. Max Barber, Charles Edward Russell, Kelly Miller, W. S. Braithwaite, and Mary Dunlop Maclean. The Crisis has been in continuous print since 1910, and it is the oldest black oriented magazine in the world.” – Wikipedia. The Crisis magazine back issues. Free magazines to read online.

Ebony – Free News Magazines

Ebony Magazine Website

1959-2008

Chicago, IL

Ebony magazine archive. “Ebony is a monthly magazine for the African-American market. It was founded by John H. Johnson in Chicago and has published continuously since the autumn of 1945. In 2016 Johnson sold the publication to private equity firm Clear View Group.” -Wikipedia. Ebony magazine free online, Ebony magazine back issues.

The Economist – Free News Magazines

The Economist Magazine Website

2014-2021

1843-2004 (Black & White)

UK – The Economist Group

Founded in England in 1843. A weekly newsmagazine that “takes an editorial stance of classical and economic liberalism that supports free trade, globalisation, free immigration and cultural liberalism.” – Wikipedia. The Economist magazine back issues. Read online magazines.

Foreign Affairs Magazine – Free News Magazine

Foreign Affairs Magazine Website

2016-2021

U.S. – Council on Foreign Relations

“The preeminent journal of foreign policy and international affairs, has provided government and business leaders, students, and the general public with insightful, thought-provoking analysis on world events for over 80 years. Before it becomes policy, it’s in Foreign Affairs.” Foreign Affairs magazine free online. Free news magazines.

Harper’s – Political Magazine PDF

Harper’s Magazine Website

1850-1923

1850-1961 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

1851 to 2010 at UNZ

300+ Volumes up to 2015

New York

“Harper’s Magazine is a monthly magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts. Launched in June 1850, it is the second-oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the U.S. – Wikipedia. Harper’s magazine free online. Free online news magazines to read online.

In These Times – Political Magazine PDF

In These Times Magazine Website

2001-2021

1976-2010

U.S.

“In These Times magazine provides readers with investigative reporting, provocative essays, debates about our political future and news straight from the frontlines. In These Times reports on the upcoming legislative battles, current progressive political strategies and international news you need to know. This monthly news magazine is an indispensable alternative to the mainstream media for readers seeking an independent analysis of contemporary events and an in-depth look at issues that others ignore. ” – In These Times Magazine. In These Times magazine archive.

Life Magazine – Free News Magazines

1883-1922

1883-1957 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

1936-1972

Chicago

Vol 1 (Jan-Jun 1883-1923. Life magazine archives online. Nearly all volumes in the range appear to be at the first link. Vol 1 (Nov 1936)- Vol 73 (Dec 1972) are at the second link, on a site provided by the magazine.
Life was published as a weekly magazine from 1883 to 1972. It was initially a humor and general interest / light entertainment magazine, similar to the British magazine Puck. In 1936 it was acquired by Henry Luce, who changed the focus to news and particularly to photojournalism. Life magazine online archive, Life magazine back issues free.

Maclean’s Magazine Back Issues – News Magazine Online

Maclean’s Magazine Website

1905-2009

Toronto – Rogers Media

“Canada’s National Magazine”. “Examines the impact of Canadian and world news events, trends and issues from a Canadian perspective. Network of correspondents and bureaus across Canada and around the world contribute to weekly sections on politics, business, entertainment, sports, leisure, science, health and technology.” – Maclean’s Magazine. Maclean’s magazine back issues free. Free news magazines.

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Mother Jones – Political Magazine PDF

Mother Jones Magazine Website

1976-2000

U.S.

“Mother Jones magazine is a nonprofit magazine and news outlet that delivers original award-winning reporting on the urgent issues of our day, from politics and climate change to education and the food we eat. We investigate stories that are in the public’s interest. From revelatory scoops to deep-dive investigations, Mother Jones inspires 9 million monthly readers of our print, digital, and online journalism.” – Mother Jones Magazine. Mother Jones magazine free back issues.

New York Magazine Online Free – News Magazines PDF

New York Magazine Website

1968-1997

New York

“New York magazine is an American biweekly magazine concerned with life, culture, politics, and style generally, and with a particular emphasis on New York City. Founded by Milton Glaser and Clay Felker in 1968 as a competitor to The New Yorker, it was brasher and less polite, and established itself as a cradle of New Journalism. Over time, it became more national in scope, publishing many noteworthy articles on American culture by writers such as Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, Nora Ephron, John Heilemann, Frank Rich, and Rebecca Traister.” – Wikipedia. New York magazine back issues free.

The New Yorker Magazine – News Magazines PDF

The New Yorker Magazine Website

2015 to 2020

1836-1841 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

U.S. – Conde Nast

“Don’t miss the New Yorker’s famous fiction and poetry, book and film review, its incisive looks at politics, people and the way we live, and of course, those CARTOONS. In-depth reporting, surprising opinions, sharp wit, the best in prose, poetry, and the visual arts.” New Yorker magazine archive. Free politics magazines.

Newsweek – Free News Magazines Online

Newsweek Magazine Website

1936-2008

2015-2016

1973-1996 (Most issues) Black & White

U.S. – Newsweek

“This weekly news magazine covers the national and global news front through news, commentary and analysis. It includes national and international affairs, business, lifestyle, society, the arts, politics, the economy, personal business, the Washington scene, health, science and technology.” – Newsweek Magazine. Newsweek magazine free back issues.

Reader’s Digest – News Magazines Online

Reader’s Digest Magazine Website

2015-2016

1922-1925 at Internet Archive (Black & White)

U.S. – Trusted Media Brands

“Every month, Reader’s Digest Magazine comes out with what’s new in health, books, humor, food, and more. Reader’s Digest is easy to read, with colorful art, smart features, and a handsome layout with plenty of room for all the latest in the areas that matter to you.” – Readers Digest Magazine. Readers Digest magazine back issues free. Read magazines online.

Rolling Stone Magazine Free Online – Political Magazine PDF

Rolling Stone Magazine Website

Rolling Stone 1968-2018

Rolling Stone Index for 1967-1991

U.S. – Penske Media Corp.

“Rolling Stone magazine is a cultural icon. It’s the number one pop culture reference point for 13 million young adults. In addition to its authoritative position in music, Rolling Stone’s sphere of influence reaches into entertainment, movies, television, technology, and national affairs. Rolling Stone covers everything that’s important, trend-setting, and newsworthy to the thought leaders among young adults.” – Rolling Stone Magazine. Rolling Stone magazine free back issues, read online magazines.

Saturday Review – News Magazines PDF

1925-1986

U.S.

“Saturday Review magazine, previously The Saturday Review of Literature, was an American weekly magazine established in 1924. Norman Cousins was the editor from 1940 to 1971.” -Wikipedia. Saturday Review magazine back issues free. Read news magazines online free.

Scribner’s – News Magazines PDF

1887-1923

New York

Scribner’s Magazine was produced by the publisher Charles Scribner’s Sons from 1887 to 1939, which also produced Scribner’s Monthly (later renamed Century Illustrated, and found on this web page). Scribner’s Magazine was launched to compete with Harper’s Monthly and Atlantic Monthly (both are found on this web page). Editor Edward Bulingame hired top artists to illustrate it, including Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish and Frederic Remington, and the magazine became known for the outstanding quality of its many illustrations. Many well-known writers contributed, including Jacob Riis, Theodore Roosevelt and John Galsworthy.
– from information in the Wikipedia entry. Read news magazines free online.

Spy – Political Magazines PDF

1986-1998 (Google Books)

1986-1998 (Internet Archive)

NY: Spy

“It’s pretty safe to say that Spy magazine was the most influential magazine of the 1980s. It might have remade New York’s cultural landscape; it definitely changed the whole tone of magazine journalism. It was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed, and feared by all. There’s no magazine I know of that’s so continually referenced, held up as a benchmark, and whose demise is so lamented” –Dave Eggers. Spy Magazine back issues.

Time Magazine – News Magazines PDF

Time Magazine Website

2019-2020

1923-1933 Black & White + Indexes

U.S. – TIME USA, LLC, owned by Marc Benioff

“Offering a rare convergence of incisive reporting, lively writing and world-renowned photography, Time magazine has been credited with bringing journalism at its best into the fabric of American life.” – Time Magazine. Time Magazine back issues, Time Magazine online free.

The Link for 1923-1933 also contains nearly all indexes (but not magazines) for 1934-1961, plus some indexes for 1967-1974./span>

Vanity Fair Magazine – Political Magazines PDF

Current Digital Issue of Vanity Fair Magazine

2015-2016

1980s and 1990s

Condé Nast

Each volume contains several issues. “Written for the reader who appreciates expert storytelling and dynamic articles that sometimes spark a debate, Vanity Fair Magazine covers a wide range of topics such as fashion, politics, travel, business, design, and more. Originally published briefly in 1913 and combined with Vogue magazine in 1936, Vanity Fair as it appears today was revived in 1983.” – Vanity Fair Magazine. Vanity Fair magazine back issues. Read free magazines online.

The Washington Monthly – News Magazine PDF

Washington Monthly Magazine Website

1969-2010

U.S.

“The Washington Monthly magazine is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine of United States politics and government that is based in Washington, D.C. The magazine is known for its annual ranking of American colleges and universities, which serves as an alternative to the Forbes and U.S. News & World Report rankings”. -Wikipedia. Washington Monthly free archive. Free news magazine.

The Week Magazine (US) – News Magazine PDF

The Week Magazine Website

2015-2016

U.S.

“The Week magazine provides its readers with a comprehensive look at the latest news from the previous 7 days. Known for its witty writing and entertaining articles, The Week consolidates the most influential opinions and important issues into one succinct publication.” – The Week Magazine. The Week Magazine archive free, Week magazine back issues.

Weekly Standard – Political Magazine PDF

Weekly Standard Magazine Website

1995-2018

U.S.: News Corporation

“The Weekly Standard magazine was an American political magazine of news, analysis and commentary, published 48 times per year. Originally edited by founders Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes, the Standard had been described as a “redoubt of neoconservatism” and as “the neocon bible.” In 2009, News Corporation sold the magazine to a subsidiary of the Anschutz Corporation.[5] On December 14, 2018, its owners announced that the magazine was ceasing publication, with the last issue published on December 17.” – Wikipedia. The Weekly Standard archive free. News magazine free.

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