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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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Roosevelt and the Lessons from the Spanish Civil War

December 15, 2019
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Roosevelt and the Lessons from the Spanish Civil War

Why was the United States so reluctant to support the Spanish Republic? What prompted Roosevelt’s reactionary attitude to the struggle of Spanish democracy against fascism? Isolationism and FDR’s fear of losing the Catholic vote played a role—but they are not the whole story. President Franklin D. Roosevelt has long been an iconic figure for...
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The Antifascist Tower of Babel: Language Barriers in Civil-War Spain

November 19, 2019
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The Antifascist Tower of Babel: Language Barriers in Civil-War Spain

The International Brigades were a hybrid bunch: multi-ethnic, multi-national—and multi-lingual: not everybody spoke everybody’s language. This posed serious organizational challenges for the Republican war effort.
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“A Photograph Doesn’t Lie”: Ricard Martínez & Susanna Muriel on Re-Photography and the Spanish Civil War

August 26, 2019
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“A Photograph Doesn’t Lie”: Ricard Martínez & Susanna Muriel on Re-Photography and the Spanish Civil War

Revisiting a historic image to take a new photograph from the same point of view—the technique known as re-photography—opens up new avenues for research. It also helps redefine our relationship to the past and the future. What does rephotography look like in relation to the Spanish Civil War and Francoism? A conversation with Ricard...
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Human Rights Column: Fighting the Good Fight From Iraq to Spain to Flint, Michigan

August 26, 2019
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<em>Human Rights Column:</em> Fighting the Good Fight From Iraq to Spain to Flint, Michigan

With the viral specter of right-wing nationalism, militarism, fascism, and xenophobia on the rise once again, the lessons from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives are timely and critical. For Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and her family, they are also personal and foundational.
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Catalan Government Exhumes Mass Graves

Catalan Government Exhumes Mass Graves

This past July, the Catalan government exhumed three mass graves from the Civil War that may include remains of International Brigade members who died in battle.
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Setting the Record Straight: The Liberation of Paris, August 25, 1944

August 26, 2019
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Setting the Record Straight: The Liberation of Paris, August 25, 1944

The half-tracks of the French Second Armored Division that entered Paris in August 1944 were baptized “Brunete,” “Guadalajara,” “Teruel,” or “L’Ebre,” and manned by Spanish exiles. Some 500 Spanish Loyalists served in the Leclerc Division. Yet the official story of the Liberation of Paris has always presented the battle as a purely French affair.
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