Daily Worker

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The Daily Worker was the official newspaper of the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) founded in 1919. It was published from 1924 through 1958. It became the People's Daily World in 1987 until 1991 when it became the People's Weekly World.

Established as a daily publication in New York City, it became a significant voice for American communists, advocating for the Communist agenda. The paper sought to provide a counter-narrative to mainstream media by presenting news and commentary through a Marxist-Leninist view. It served as a central point for activists and intellectuals who were critical of capitalist systems and aligned with communist principles.

Initially emerging from the Worker, a weekly publication started by the CPUSA in 1921, the Daily Worker addressed the need for a more immediate and frequent dissemination of the Party’s views. It highlighted labor news, union activities, and strikes.

The content of the Daily Worker was a mix of news reports, political commentary, and cultural reviews, always framed within a communist ideology. It reviewed literature, theater, and film, often emphasizing works that promoted socialist values. The paper also featured cartoons and illustrations that criticized capitalist society and celebrated socialist ideals.

The newspaper and its staff were frequently targeted by government investigations and legal actions. Financial difficulties further plagued the publication, as it relied heavily on donations and subscriptions from Party members and supporters.

The Daily Worker ceased publication in 1958. It was succeeded by the Morning Freiheit (Freedom), which continued until 1988.

As the official organs of the party, the newspapers served as forums for the party cadre, including Jay Lovestone, William Z. Foster, Max Bedacht, Earl Browder, and many others.

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