The magazine, calling itself "The National Catholic Journal," is first published. Its liberal philosophy grew ever more political, even radical, as the decade wore on, particularly in regards to the U.S. government and its domestic and foreign policies.
The magazine's editorial policy, as stated in its first issue:
Ramparts is a journal published and edited by Catholic laymen that serves as a showcase for the creative writer and as a forum for the mature American Catholic. Ramparts publishes fiction, poetry, art, criticism and essays of distinction, reflecting those positive principles of the Hellenic-Christian tradition which have shaped and sustained our civilization for the past two thousand years, and which are needed still to guide us in an age grown increasingly secular, bewildered, and afraid. Ramparts presents creative works which, besides possessing literary excellence, possess the Christian vision of man, his world, his God. Ramparts seeks out the Christian intellectual and offers him an uninhibited opportunity to explore all the areas of the mind. Ramparts demands no special meaning of thought; it demands solely that its authors preserve the intellectual integrity that is their most valued possession, and that they pass this integrity on to their audience.
* First issue (from www.unz.org): @
* Entry from Folio: The Magazine for Magazine Management (2004): @
* Entry from "Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture" (2011 book): @
* "The Ramparts I Watched" (article by Sol Stern, City Journal, 2010): @
-- Book reviews of "A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America" (Peter Richardson, 2009)
* The New York Times (Dwight Garner): @
* The New York Times (Jack Shafer): @
* The American Conservative: @
* Radio interview with Richardson (from www.kcrw.org): @