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Hlasatel. [volume] : (Chicago, Ill.) 1891-198?
Alternative Titles:
  • Bohemian herald Jan. 8, 1971-<>
Place of publication:
Chicago, Ill.
Geographic coverage:
  • Berwyn, Cook, Illinois  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
  • Chicago, Cook, Illinois  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
[publisher not identified]
Dates of publication:
  • Began June 1, 1891.
Weekly <July 6, 1971>-<>
  • Czech
  • Czech Americans--Illinois--Chicago--Berwyn--Newspapers.
  • Czech Americans--United States--Newspapers.
  • Czech Americans.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00886333
  • Illinois--Chicago.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01204048
  • United States.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01204155
  • Absorbed: Pokrok západu, and: Salinský pokrok, and: Pokrok (Clarkson, Neb.), and: Kansaský pokrok, and: Iowský pokrok, and: Minnesotský pokrok, and: Dakotský pokrok.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Available on microfilm;
  • Daily ed.: Denní hlasatel.
  • Description based on: Roč. 10, čiś. 417 (3. led. 1902).
  • In Czech.
  • Latest issue consulted: Dec. 3, 1982.
  • Numbering is irregular.
sn 82002636
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Týdenní hlasatel, Denní hlasatel, and Hlasatel

Týdenní hlasatel (Weekly Herald) is the weekly counterpart to the daily newspaper Denní hlasatel. Denní hlasatel (Daily Herald) was founded in Chicago in 1891, as a result of a typesetters' union strike. The weekly was founded in 1892, with its first release on December 15th.

The typesetter's union, founded on December 7, 1890, demanded shorter working hours and increased wages. After their demands were rejected, causing a strike, there were no employees to print newspapers for two days. Responding to this lack of newspapers, the typesetter's union started its own -- Denní hlasatel – which quickly gained popularity after its May 4th, 1891 release.

Týdenní hlasatel, like its daily counterpart, was dedicated to the interests of Czech-American workers. It was directed by workers themselves and its subscribers grew larger in number than well-established Czech newspapers such as Chicažských Listů (The Chicagoan Newspaper). By 1893, the paper had spread greatly and introduced a weekly system of fee collection that replaced their yearly subscription payments. In 1904, the publishers formed the Denní hlasatel Printing and Publishing Company.

In comparison to the daily, the weekly was twice as long (16 pages instead of 8). While the daily's content ranged from international news to letters to the editors and advertisements, the weekly maintained a narrow focus on news – local, national, and international. The weekly also featured a section detailing news related to Czech settlement in Americaas well as long sections of creative works, such as poetry, short stories, and novel excerpts. Interestingly, and in great contrast to the early issues of Denní hlasatel, Týdenní hlasatel did not feature any editorials, letters to the editor, or even advertisements.

The paper ran until 1994. At the end of its publication, it was the oldest Czech language daily newspaper in the world and had proven to be one of the most significant compatriot newspapers of the pre-World War II war period.

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