ARBEITER-ZEITUNG ("The Workman's Paper" between 1890 and 1902), a Yiddish socialist weekly published in New York to express the views of the working classes. Under Abraham *Cahan, who edited it for five years, it became an influential newspaper, inaugurating a vital era in Yiddish journalism in America. Cahan wanted to broaden the paper's policy to embrace all labor movements but was opposed by the controlling shareholders, who had a narrower socialistic outlook. Eventually he resigned and the paper split into two rival socialist dailies: Abendblatt (1894–1902) and the *Jewish Daily Forward (1897– ), of which Cahan became editor in 1902, serving in that capacity until his death in 1950.
H. Hapgood, Spirit of the Ghetto (1962), 180–5.
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