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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 on the side of the Loyalists—a position for which many paid a price in the years of McCarthyism. A look back on a remarkable chapter...
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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 the last fifteen years, a diverse group of activists has put the spotlight on the questionable claim of ownership by descendants of the dictator. In...
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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 the Republican and Nationalist authorities and spent several stints in jail. When she left Spain, in January 1941, she was 23, had an infant son,...
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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 is one that English-speaking historians often seem oblivious to. What...
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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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“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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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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Racial Justice, Then and Now: Paul Robeson’s Antifascist Legacy

August 27, 2020
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Racial Justice, Then and Now: Paul Robeson’s Antifascist Legacy

Paul Robeson’s anti-fascist activism sought full freedom for oppressed people around the world. The singer consistently spoke against segregation and racial violence in the U.S. as well as colonialism in Africa. Anti-fascism impugns white supremacy, then and now.
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Faces of ALBA: Photography Curator Cynthia Young

August 27, 2020
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<em>Faces of ALBA:</em> Photography Curator Cynthia Young

Cynthia Young recently joined ALBA’s Board of Governors.  She is the curator of the Robert Capa and Cornell Capa Archive at the International Center of Photography.  Cynthia has also curated exhibits and published several books on Capa and other leading contemporary photographers.
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Gota de Leche: Quakers in the Spanish Civil War

August 27, 2020
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<em>Gota de Leche:</em> Quakers in the Spanish Civil War

In the summer of 1937, Esther Farquhar, an Ohio Quaker recruited by American Friends Service Committee, arrived in Murcia to organize the feeding of the starving refugees. A photo diary discovered in the archives inspired the author to join humanitarian relief efforts happening today. “If they were able to do so much with so...
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