NYC - UES - MCNY: Jewish Daily Forward: Embracing an Immigrant Community - Why We Should Vote for Roosevelt
"Why We Should Vote for Roosevelt" - Jewish Daily Forward, November 9, 1940
In the 1932 presidential election between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover, the Forward backed neither--it supported the Socialist candidate Norman Thomas. In 1936, however, as Roosevelt's New Deal programs broadened the constituency of the Democratic Party, Cahan became one of the first socialists to support Roosevelt's reelection. He was not alone. The Jewish-led needle trade unions of New York joined him, but they did so by creating an American Labor Party that supported Roosevelt as well as other (non-Democratic) candidates for the other posts. In this way they could preserve their purity and still for the candidate of a "capitalist party."
The Jewish Daily Forward: Embracing an Immigrant Community, on exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York from April 22 - November 25, 2007, focuses on the Jewish Daily Forward as a window into life in New York Cityparticularly during the heyday of Jewish immigrant life in the first half of the 20th century. The Forward, founded in 1897 and still publishing today in English and Yiddish, once boasted a readership larger than that of the New York Times. The exhibition, which opened on the 110th anniversary of the Forward's first issue, features photographs and artifacts that document the concerns of these New Yorkers and the way in which the Forward helped to shape and reflect them.
The Museum of the City of New York (MCNY), founded in 1923 to present the history of New York City and its people, fills an imposing 5-floor brick and limestone building on the Museum Mile section of Fifth Avenue, between 103rd and 104th Streets. The Museum was originally housed in Gracie Mansion until this Neo-Georgian-Colonial style was built to the design of Joseph J. Freedlander from 1928-1930. The museum's collections include paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs featuring New York City and its residents, as well as costumes, decorative objects and furniture, toys, rare books and manuscripts, marine and military collections, police and fire collections, and a theater collection.