HERBERT CROLY WAS a journalist and writer best known for his work The Promise of American Life, which was widely influential in political and intellectual circles in the early 20th century. Theodore Roosevelt borrowed the phrase “the new nationalism” from Croly's book and made it his political campaign slogan in 1912. Croly was also one of the founders and editors of the New Republic, an American left-of-center, liberal magazine still a powerful voice almost a century later. Croly was an active supporter of Roosevelt's Progressive Party, and as editor of the New Republic, supported Woodrow Wilson's policies during World War I.

Croly was born the son of two prominent journalists. His father was David Croly, for years the editor of the New York World and influenced ...

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