Forṿerṭs פארװערטס (New York City). Vol. 11 No. 3389. August 18, 1907.
Forverts (New York) began in1897 in New York City and took its name from the paper of the German Social Democratic Party, Vorwärts. Its origins politically were in Yiddish-speaking dissidents of Daniel De Leon’s Socialist Labor Party led by Louis Miller and Abraham Cahan who joined Debs’ Social Democratic Party of America at its inception. Eventually it became a national paper, aligned with the Socialist Party’s Constructivist wing with a circulation of 120,000 by 1912. The paper played a significant in the birth and life of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union with Benjamin Schlesinger, a former president of the ILGWU, becoming its general manager in 1923. The paper remained loyal to the SP throughout the 1920’s but became a mainstream liberal paper, albeit with social democratic appeals, by the late 1930s. It is was one of the most important left wing publications in US history, and was more widely read than the Socialist Party’s largest English language papers for many years.
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