The Liberty Project is the modern incarnation of Liberty magazin e, the iconic American lifestyle publication that dominated newsstands from 1924 to 1950. Much like the original magazine, The Liberty Project will shine light on aspects of liberty that touch people’s lives, through a bounty of original works and personal accounts from today’s great writers, photographers, artists, celebrities, and thinkers. It will also showcase original content from the magazine’s archive through a contemporary lens. In addition, the startup plans to license its archival material for use in movies, television, book publishing and merchandise development.
“At its core, The Liberty Project celebrates the many ways in which liberty as a concept enables us to live our lives to the fullest. Whether you’re a fashionista, foodie or fitness fanatic, it is liberty that gives you the freedom to indulge in your passions,” said Amy Katzenberg, CEO of The Liberty Project. She adds, “It’s easy to forget what a gift that liberty is, and we aim to highlight its unwavering value and encourage our contributors and the community to live life fully, know liberty first hand, and share their perspectives with others.”
"The Liberty Project is reclaiming the power of the first-person, by publishing an array of carefully curated and thought-provoking stories," says Christina Geyer, Editorial Director of The Liberty Project. "We’re creating an environment that celebrates the voice of the individual and fosters the sharing of relatable personal narratives, to create a unique editorial experience that is meaningful to our contributors and our audience."
About Liberty magazine
Founded in 1924 by Joseph Medill Patterson (founder of The Daily News) and Col. Robert R. McCormick (publisher of The Chicago Tribune), Liberty magazine was considered one of the most popular weekly publications in the United States, comparable at the time to The Saturday Evening Post. Liberty magazine served as a voice of the United States during a critical, 25-year period of American and world history. The archives include a diverse, rich collection of content that spans the Roaring ‘20s, the Jazz Age, World War I and World War II, and post-war America. Some of Liberty’s most memorable stories include first-person accounts written by Babe Ruth, Greta Garbo, Albert Einstein, George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Al Capone, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, Leon Trotsky, Mahatma Gandhi and Shirley Temple. Notable artists of the time also contributed to Liberty, including Leslie Thrasher, John Held Jr. and James Montgomery Flagg (of "Uncle Sam Wants You" fame). Liberty magazine content has also been used to create more than 120 feature films, documentaries and television shows.