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Hubs of Antifascism: The Spanish Anarchist Press in the United States

May 18, 2020
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Hubs of Antifascism: The Spanish Anarchist Press in the United States

Among the thousands of Spanish workers who arrived in the United States around the turn of the twentieth century were many with radical traditions rooted in their homeland, which at the time boasted one of the world’s most vibrant anarchist movements. They created scores of cultural and mutual aid societies in cities and rural...
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The Girl Who Dated Trotsky’s Assassin: The Story Behind an Iconic Photograph

May 17, 2020
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The Girl Who Dated Trotsky’s Assassin: The Story Behind an Iconic Photograph

Marina Ginestà became world-famous late in life when a stunning photograph taken at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War surfaced in a Spanish archive. With the help of Marina’s son, the journalist Yvonne Scholten uncovers new details of Ginestà’s adventurous life.
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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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From New York Chinatown to Spain: Wen-Rao Chen

May 2, 2020
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From New York Chinatown to Spain: Wen-Rao Chen

Twenty-five years ago, Len and Nancy Tsou made a ten-day trip to Spain tracing some of the battlefields where Chinese brigadistas had fought in the Spanish Civil War. Among other sites, they followed the trail of a Lincoln vet, Wen-Rao Chen of the XVth International Brigade, who lost his life in the battle of...
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Loyalist Voices Crying Out across the Ocean: the EAQ Radio Broadcast during the Spanish Civil War

May 2, 2020
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Loyalist Voices Crying Out across the Ocean: the EAQ Radio Broadcast during the Spanish Civil War

In the spring of 1937, a group of English-speaking journalists and filmmakers launched a shortwave radio broadcast from Madrid to tell the world what was happening in Spain firsthand. It found an eager audience all across the United States and Canada.
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Ramon Sender Barayón: A Pioneer in Music & Memory: An interview with Filmmaker Luis Olano

May 2, 2020
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Ramon Sender Barayón: A Pioneer in Music & Memory: An interview with Filmmaker Luis Olano

Ramon Sender Barayón is a pioneer of US counterculture and the son of Amparo Barayón, who was killed by fascists in the Spanish Civil War, and the novelist Ramón J. Sender. A new documentary by Luis Olano sheds light on his remarkable life.
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History and Intimacy: Reading the Lincolns’ Letters in a College Classroom Today

May 2, 2020
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History and Intimacy: Reading the Lincolns’ Letters in a College Classroom Today

ALBA’s teaching resources are used in college and high-school classrooms throughout the United States. A testimonial from the University of Chicago.
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The San Francisco Monument Repaired: Taps for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

May 2, 2020
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The San Francisco Monument Repaired: Taps for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

A decade after its inauguration on the San Francisco Embarcadero, the only government-supported monument to the Lincoln Brigade in the USA has been restored. The following article first appeared in Counterpunch on August 16, 2008, soon after the original dedication ceremonies.
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Fifty Million Dollars for Spain: Ernst Toller’s Forgotten Relief Campaign

December 15, 2019
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Fifty Million Dollars for Spain: Ernst Toller’s Forgotten Relief Campaign

In the midst of the Spanish Civil War, the German writer Ernst Toller organized a multi-million-dollar international campaign to alleviate the hunger and misery of Spain’s civilian population. Although Toller’s herculean effort garnered broad support, it has been largely forgotten.
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El Zapatero: A Memoir

December 15, 2019
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<em>El Zapatero:</em> A Memoir

A seasoned New York City reporter’s search for her family history leads her back to Civil War Spain.
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