Author Archive for Peter N. Carroll

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 ever lived through, following four years that have revealed the best and the worst faces of this country. On the one hand, we saw a...
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Poetry Feature: Abe & Jack, Milt, Moe, Dave…

May 2, 2020
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<em>Poetry Feature:</em> Abe & Jack, Milt, Moe, Dave…

Abe & Jack, Milt, Moe, Dave…   They were not my family. They distrusted strangers. I could only approach them slowly, these Americans who had volunteered to fight fascists in the Spanish Civil War.   They lost, bad guys won—they bore failure like primal sin or first love that comes and goes, never leaves....
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Letter from ALBA: For an Anti-Fascist Education

December 15, 2019
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Letter from ALBA: For an Anti-Fascist Education

How can we leverage our educational system into a building block for an anti-fascist front? This has long been the key question behind ALBA’s work.
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Poetry Feature: Sanctuary

August 5, 2019
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<em>Poetry Feature:</em> Sanctuary

Sanctuary   The village creek serpentines to open seas where I stand all day at the ocean shore, feeling the Earth’s core tremble.   Sailor Melville got it right, picturing landlubbers lined at water’s edge looking outward on holidays chary of wet feet.   I’m of the coastal breed, fear-fed by tsunamis, yellow signs...
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Letter from ALBA: Reaching Out to the Young

August 5, 2019
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Letter from ALBA: Reaching Out to the Young

Dear Friends, More than 50 New York City high school students, together with their history teachers, attended our annual event on May 5. It’s been a while since we had so many young faces in the audience. Along with some 150 other attendees, they saw the Immigration Justice Campaign receive the ALBA/Puffin Award for...
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The United States and World Fascism: Two Sample Documents

July 1, 2018
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The United States and World Fascism: Two Sample Documents

Among the dozens of primary source documents in the resource binder distributed to the teachers who participate in ALBA’s teaching institutes are a letter that President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote to the U.S. ambassador in Madrid in March 1945, and the transcript of a conversation four years later between Milt Wolff, the last commander...
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Poetry Feature: Anonymous

November 19, 2017
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<i>Poetry Feature:</i> Anonymous

Anonymous The old Communist behind the bar is decanting rot-gut red into green bottles, pours me a taste. He’d fought in Spain with the Lincoln Brigade and in the big war that followed. He has stories. Oral history we call it: I want his past, he hopes for my future. He pours, I drink....
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Back in School: ALBA’s New York Institute Considers Crucial Questions

June 14, 2017
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Back in School: ALBA’s New York Institute Considers Crucial Questions

Reflecting a growing interest among Americans about the history of fascism and anti-fascism, and resulting struggles for the rights of citizens and civilians in wartime, ALBA launched a three-day symposium for high school teachers of New York City to explore these themes using primary sources that remain accessible and challenging for their students.
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Trump or the Decline of Historical Memory

March 6, 2017
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Trump or the Decline of Historical Memory

Trump’s election creates new challenges for everyone involved in history teaching. What is it like to teach history when the nation’s president appears to chronically ignore factual evidence? What’s the task ahead?
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Poetry Feature: Lessons of History

June 11, 2015
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<i>Poetry Feature:</i> Lessons of History

I wasn’t even born, never saw a soldier point a rifle into the face of a woman, her hair beginning to gray, run red. I witness from a distance the dark-eyed girl in Capa’s photo snuggled on a rice sack in a train station. Her pose wistful: to where railroad tracks began and will...
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