A progressive political and cultural news, opinion, and analysis weekly magazine in the United States, The Nation is the country's oldest continuously published weekly magazine, having been produced since 1857. Abolitionist newspaper The Liberator was established on July 6, 1865, as a successor to William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator, which closed in 1865 after the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution by the people of the United States. It was possible to go on to a more general subject, The Nation, now that the particular, pressing problem of slavery had been resolved (through The Liberator). Wendell Phillips Garrison, the son of William Garrison, was a key collaborator on the new journal. He served as its Literary Editor. He had access to his father's extensive network of connections, which he used to his advantage.
The Nation is published by its eponymous owner, The Nation Company, L.P., which may be found at 520 8th Avenue in New York, New York 10018.
A news bureau in Washington, D.C., a news bureau in London, and a news bureau in South Africa are all home to The Nation's departments that cover everything from architecture to art to companies to defence to the environment to films to legal affairs to music to poetry to the United Nations. By 2010, print circulation had fallen to 145,000 from its high of 187,000 in 2006, while digital subscriptions had increased to more than 15,000 by that time.