Daily Worker

May Day parade float with statue reading the Daily Worker

Newspaper published in New York City by the Communist Party USA, a formerly Comintern-affiliated organization.

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Richard Wright (author)

American author of novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction.

Wright in a 1939 photograph by Carl Van Vechten
A historic marker in Natchez, Mississippi, commemorating Richard Wright, who was born near the city
Canada Lee as Bigger Thomas in the Orson Welles production of Native Son (1941)
Plaque commemorating Wright's residence in Paris, at 14, rue Monsieur le Prince.
Banned Books Week reading of Black Boy at Shimer College in 2013

In 1937, he relocated to New York and became the Bureau Chief of the communist publication The Daily Worker.

Workers Party of America

The name of the legal party organization used by the Communist Party USA from the last days of 1921 until the middle of 1929.

Before the party established its own publishing house for books (International Publishers) and pamphlets (Workers Library Publishers), the Workers Party and Workers (Communist) Party published a number of items under its own imprint, or in association with the Daily Worker.

Whittaker Chambers

American writer-editor, who, after early years as a Communist Party member (1925) and Soviet spy (1932–1938), defected from the Soviet underground (1938), worked for Time magazine (1939–1948), and then testified about the Ware group in what became the Hiss case for perjury (1949–1950), often referred to as the trial of the century, all described in his 1952 memoir Witness.

Whittaker Chambers in 1948
Hartley Hall at Columbia University, where Chambers boarded in the 1920s
Juliet Stuart Poyntz (circa 1918), whose disappearance spurred Chambers to defect
Adolf A. Berle (circa 1965): Member of the FDR administration who took Chambers's 1939 report. Initially enthusiastic, later downplayed the report.
Henry Luce and Clare Boothe Luce (circa 1954) valued Chambers' writing at Time magazine.
Alger Hiss (1948) denied Chambers's allegations but was convicted of perjury.
Harry S. Truman (center) with Joseph Stalin (left) and Winston Churchill (right) in 1945. Truman called Chambers's allegations a "red herring."
The trials against Hiss took place at the Foley Square Courthouse (now Thurgood Marshall Courthouse) in New York City (here, 2009)
right: William F. Buckley Jr., left: L. Brent Bozell Jr. Buckley in 1954 first asked Chambers to endorse their book on Joseph McCarthy.
Chambers received the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously from President Ronald Reagan in 1984
Chambers translated Bambi, a Life in the Woods from its original German (Bambi: Eine Lebensgeschichte aus dem Walde)

Chambers wrote and edited for the magazine The New Masses and was an editor for The Daily Worker newspaper from 1927 to 1929.

Louis F. Budenz

American activist and writer, as well as a Soviet espionage agent and head of the Buben group of spies.

Budenz in 1947
Louis Budenz in 1929, as an Executive Secretary of the Conference for Progressive Labor Action.

In 1935, Budenz joined the Communist Party, continued to organize labor strikes, and became managing editor of the Party's Daily Worker newspaper.

People's World

People's World, official successor to the Daily Worker, is a Marxist and American leftist national daily online news publication.

Lester Rodney

Lester Rodney, September 2007, photograph by Byron LaGoy

Lester Rodney (April 17, 1911 – December 20, 2009) was an American journalist who helped break down the color barrier in baseball as sports writer for the Daily Worker.

David Karr

Controversial American journalist, businessman, Communist and NKVD agent.

Enthralled with the radical left, Karr began writing at a relatively young age for the Communist Party USA publication, the Daily Worker.

Mike Gold

The pen-name of Jewish American writer Itzok Isaac Granich.

Mike Gold before a New York crowd (1930s)

He was a daily columnist for its paper, the Daily Worker, until his death.

Benjamin J. Davis Jr.

African-American lawyer and communist who was elected in 1943 to the New York City Council, representing Harlem.

Davis in 1949
Benjamin Davis leaving the Federal Courthouse in New York City in 1949

He worked as editor of the Communist Party's newspaper targeted to African-Americans, The Negro Liberator. He later became editor of the CPUSA's official English-language daily, The Daily Worker.

Earl Browder

American politician, communist activist and leader of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).

Prison photo of Earl Browder, December 1917.
Jay Lovestone (1917) was Executive Secretary of the CPUSA from the death of C.E. Ruthenberg in early 1927 to mid-1929
Will Weinstone (1927) was a main contender for CPUSA leadership after the fall of Jay Lovestone (1929)
Cover of patriotic CPUSA "penny pamphlet" from "Communism is 20th Century Americanism" campaign of late 1930s
With German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin looking on, Soviet foreign minister V. M. Molotov signs non-aggression treaty (August 23, 1939)

The press and America's future New York, N.Y: Daily Worker, 1945