ALBA Online Events Draw Thousands

November 14, 2020
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ALBA Online Events Draw Thousands

Forced online by the ongoing pandemic, ALBA’s events have been generating strong interest from around the world. On September 12, ALBA’s Bay Area friends organized an 85-minute celebration of the newly restored national monument to the Lincoln Brigade in San Francisco. Hosted by Richard Bermack and featuring film footage by Vicente Franco, the program...
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New Online Teacher Workshop in January & February

November 14, 2020
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New Online Teacher Workshop in January & February

(Register here.) Following the first successful online workshop this past summer, ALBA and the Collaborative for Educational Services are proud to announce a new online workshop for teachers grades 4-12 (Social Studies, Spanish, English Language Arts, & other subjects)
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Students Shine During Pandemic-Era Watt Award

November 14, 2020
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Students Shine During Pandemic-Era Watt Award

Once again, the annual Watt Essay Award received a record number of submissions from around the world. The jury was especially impressed by the high quality of nearly all the submissions this year. Considering that these students produced this inspiring work during a pandemic...
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What’s New at the Tamiment

November 14, 2020
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What’s New at the Tamiment

In the fall of 2019, Shannon O'Neill joined the Tamiment-Wagner team and NYU Special Collections as the Curator for the Tamiment-Wagner Collections.
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Spain’s Cabinet Approves New Memory Law

November 14, 2020
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Spain’s Cabinet Approves New Memory Law

In September, the cabinet of Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister, approved the draft for a new Law of Democratic Memory that seeks to go farther than existing legislation,...
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Letter from ALBA: They Did Not Pass

November 14, 2020
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Letter from ALBA: They Did Not Pass

Dear Friends, No pasaron. They did not pass. As this issue goes to print, we are emerging from one of the most intense election seasons the United States has...
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“Black radicals not only anticipated the rise of fascism; they resisted before it was considered a crisis.” An Interview with Robin D.G. Kelley

November 14, 2020
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“Black radicals not only anticipated the rise of fascism; they resisted before it was considered a crisis.” <em>An Interview with Robin D.G. Kelley</em>

Robin D.G. Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA. The author of many books, including a biography of Thelonious Monk, he co-edited "This Ain't Ethiopia, But It'll Do": African-Americans and the Spanish Civil War (1990) and currently serves on ALBA’s Honorary Board.
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Human Rights Column by Isabel Allende: A Dark Time

November 14, 2020
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<em>Human Rights Column by Isabel Allende:</em> A Dark Time

Isabel Allende, the Chilean author and philanthropist, spoke at ALBA’s Lincoln Brigade Monument Celebration on September 12, 2020. This is what she said.
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Why Do So Many Historians Fail to Understand the War in Spain?

November 14, 2020
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Why Do So Many Historians Fail to Understand the War in Spain?

The war of 1936-39 in Spain had much in common with the many other conflicts being waged in societies across Europe after the First World War, as those who sought to maintain old hierarchies clashed with those striving for change. Yet the evident similarity...
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How an Anti-Fascist Photographer Landed in a Republican and Francoist Jail: The Lini Bunjes Story

November 14, 2020
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How an Anti-Fascist Photographer Landed in a Republican and Francoist Jail: The Lini Bunjes Story

The Dutch photographer Lini Bunjes was among the first foreign volunteers to join the defense of the Spanish Republic. A free-spirited and independent woman, she attracted suspicion from both...
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Recovering Plundered Real Estate from the Franco Family

November 14, 2020
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Recovering Plundered Real Estate from the Franco Family

From 1939 to 1975 a manor located in the province of La Coruña, Galicia, was used as a summer residence and office by the dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco. For...
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From Fundraisers to the Blacklist: Hollywood and the Republican Cause

November 14, 2020
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From Fundraisers to the Blacklist: Hollywood and the Republican Cause

After the outbreak of the Civil War in July 1936, not a week went by in Hollywood without a fundraiser for the Republican cause. The film colony was passionately...
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Martha Graham’s Dances for Spain

November 14, 2020
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Martha Graham’s Dances for Spain

In June, the Martha Graham Dance Company performed Immediate Tragedy, a long-lost solo piece that Graham performed in 1937 in support of the Spanish Republic. Its reconstruction was only...
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Book Review Fighting Fascist Spain: Worker Protest from the Printing Press

November 14, 2020
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<em>Book Review</em> Fighting Fascist Spain: Worker Protest from the Printing Press

Fighting Fascist Spain: Worker Protest from the Printing Press, by Montse Feu. Urbana, Chicago and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2020.
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The Observer “Reviews” New IB Book

October 15, 2020
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The Observer “Reviews” New IB Book

Guardian Newspapers has published two reviews of the new book by Giles Tremlett, ‘The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War’. On Saturday 3 October, The Guardian’s review...
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A Focused Study on American Jewish Volunteers Salud y Shalom: American Jews in the Spanish Civil War

October 6, 2020
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A Focused Study on American Jewish Volunteers Salud y Shalom: American Jews in the Spanish Civil War

The University of Washington’s Stroum Center for Jewish Studies added part of Dr. Joseph Butwin’s oral history project to its Digital Jewish Studies online collection in 2018.  Butwin noted...
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The Botwins Today By Irving Weissman

September 10, 2020
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The Botwins Today By Irving Weissman

Originally published in The Volunteer, V. 1, No. 1 1978. September 21, 1938, Hill 281, Sierra de Caballs. “The men of the Botwin and Shevchenko companies distinguished themselves in...
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Who Fought for Franco?

August 29, 2020
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Who Fought for Franco?

Who were the soldiers who served in Franco’s insurgent army? Until recently, few historians or social scientists thought to ask this question. A new book complicates long-held assumptions.
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