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Rescuing the Archive: A Spanish Friend of the International Brigades Remembers

February 11, 2022
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Rescuing the Archive: A Spanish Friend of the International Brigades Remembers

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Spanish Association of Friends of the International Brigades (AABI) worked to collect the oral histories of brigadistas and to inventory the IB’s archival legacy, which was not only geographically dispersed but often under threat. The Spanish archivist Julia Cela spent eight unforgettable years of her life...
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Poetry Feature: A Wound in the Heart

February 11, 2022
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<em>Poetry Feature:</em> A Wound in the Heart

Mayday, the earth warms, greens, a trumpet on the car radio bleeds, Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain, the drama of rebirth, a staccato horn chases the bull in an arena, cycles of disorder.
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Salaria Kea in the Archive

February 11, 2022
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Salaria Kea in the Archive

Salaria Kea, the only African American woman to serve in Spain, sailed from New York City with the second American Medical Unit on March 27, 1937, and returned to the United States in May 1938. To understand what her experience was like, we must rely on documents scattered through various archives. But archives are...
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Faces of ALBA: The Junas Family

February 11, 2022
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Faces of ALBA: The Junas Family

Like most veterans of the Lincoln Brigade, the experience of fighting in Spain shaped the rest of the lives of Stanley Junas and his family.
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New ALBA Collections Available Online As Tamiment Tackles Difficult Digitization

February 11, 2022
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New ALBA Collections Available Online As Tamiment Tackles Difficult Digitization

The ever-expanding ALBA collection, which has been housed at NYU’s Tamiment-Wagner Library since its transfer from Brandeis University in 2000, is now increasingly available online. The slow but steady efforts to digitize materials—archival-quality preservation and transfer is a time-intensive, painstaking process—have focused primarily on graphic and audiovisual objects: not only photographs, posters, and postcards...
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Living Memorials: Reenacting Spanish Civil War in 2021

February 11, 2022
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Living Memorials: Reenacting Spanish Civil War in 2021

A growing number of dedicated living historians are choosing to portray the Spanish Civil War at public history events. Although they are as diverse as the Brigadistas they portray, they are united in their passion for history and desire to inspire people to learn more about the conflict.
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In Search of the First Dutch Volunteer

February 5, 2022
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In Search of the First Dutch Volunteer

Willy de Lathouder was the first Dutchman to join the defense of the Spanish Republic. He died in 1938 shortly after the birth of his child. More than 80 years later, his granddaughter discovers her family’s history.
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How Two Pacifists Came to Support the International Brigades

November 6, 2021
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How Two Pacifists Came to Support the International Brigades

Is it possible to be a pacifist and support—or even join—a war? If our criterion is consistency, the answer is clearly no. Yet consistency, for good or for bad, is not a universal human trait.
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Faces of ALBA: Peter Glazer

November 6, 2021
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<em>Faces of ALBA:</em> Peter Glazer

Peter Glazer is a world-renowned director and playwright and a professor of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He sits on the ALBA board and is an active leader in ALBA’s Bay Area programs. Peter’s father was the folk singer Tom Glazer. You have written several plays and musicals...
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Human Rights Column: Teachers in the Trenches—What’s Behind the Attack on Critical Race Theory?

November 6, 2021
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<em>Human Rights Column:</em> Teachers in the Trenches—What’s Behind the Attack on Critical Race Theory?

CRT is a curious target for legislators and school board members, if only because it is not taught at the K-12 level and only rarely to undergraduates. Today, it’s serving as a red herring to silence the discussion of race and racism across classrooms in the U.S. In recent months, Republican legislatures in approximately...
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