June 14, 2024
1st page of the Daily Worker

On January 12, 1924, in Chicago, IL, the Communist Party USA—organized legally as the Workers Party of America—published the first issue of the Daily Worker. Originating in 1917 as the Ohio Socialist, a series of mergers led to it being renamed as first the Toiler in 1919, then the Worker in 1921, while the transition from weekly to daily saw its name change a third time.

“The first English-language Communist Daily in the world,” the creation and success of the Daily Worker was a result of the devotion of the US working class and the arduous efforts of communist militants, who had raised $150,00 for its initial printing and mass distribution. That first issue was greeted with great enthusiasm by the Communist and Workers’ Parties of the world, and by the Communist International itself, as a significant advancement in the revolutionary proletarian movement in the US. Crucially, the paper demonstrated a practical application of the lessons conveyed by Lenin in “Where to Begin?” as a fundamental step in the establishment of the subjective factor necessary for the awakening of the great working masses.

The final issue of the Daily Worker was published on January 13, 1958, almost 34 years to the date from its first issue. Daily publication would eventually resume in 1968 under yet another new name, the Daily World, though by that point the CPUSA had sunk thoroughly into the pit of revisionism. A merger in 1986 saw it renamed once again to the People’s Daily World, which would soon devolve into the People’s World we all know and love.

The Daily Worker, the beacon of communism in America, is the legacy of all communists in the US. The capitalists, who see history as a dead thing, would have us consign this legacy to the flames. But the CWPUSA will never forget, never abandon it. We will carry it into the future and light it once more for all the workers of the world to see. The New Worker will be the spark that lights the flame.