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Pokrok was a Czech-American newspaper published in Cleveland, Ohio. 

People of Czech heritage primarily began to migrate to the United States of America in the mid to late 1800s. Cleveland had one of the largest Czech communities in Ohio. Hoping to maintain traditional Czech heritage and beliefs, in 1872, F.B. Zdrubek established Pokrok, Cleveland's first Czech-language newspaper. Pokrok was published weekly.

Pokrok remained in publication until 1878. Like many other Americans during the late 1800s and the early 1900s, the Czech immigrants viewed Ohio as a land of opportunity, but they also sought, as evidenced with Pokrok, to maintain many aspects of their traditional culture.

See Also


  1. Van Tassel, David D., and John J. Grabowski, eds. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.  
  2. North, S.N.D. History and Present Condition of the Newspaper and Periodical Press of the United States, with a Catalogue of the Publications of the Census Year. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1884.