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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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Pins in Support of Spanish Democracy: A Collector’s Story

August 27, 2020
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Pins in Support of Spanish Democracy: A Collector’s Story

I’m a collector of American left-wing protest pins. As a radical lefty lawyer, I’ve found it to be one way to be connected to the great social movements of my lifetime and before.
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“If Spain Became a Republic Once Again, We’d Have Lost the War a Little Less.” Georges Bartolí Remembers His Uncle Josep

August 27, 2020
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<em>“If Spain Became a Republic Once Again, We’d Have Lost the War a Little Less.”</em> Georges Bartolí Remembers His Uncle Josep

Among the hundreds of thousands of Spanish refugees who ended up in French concentration camps was the graphic artist Josep Bartolí, who would later become a well-known artist in Mexico and New York. His dramatic drawings of the Civil War and life in the camps are featured in a new book by his nephew,...
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A Mac-Pap Amongst the Lincolns

June 2, 2020
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A Mac-Pap Amongst the Lincolns

On returning to Canada from the Spanish Civil War, Jim Higgins was branded a communist, hounded by the RCMP, and welcomed by his Lincoln Battalion comrades when he sought refuge in New York. In his soon-to-be-published book, he writes, “It rained like hell but I was very happy.”
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Faces of ALBA: Jack Mayerhofer

June 2, 2020
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Faces of ALBA: Jack Mayerhofer

Jack Mayerhofer is the newest member of the ALBA Board of Governors and its freshest face.  A leading figure in the protection human rights and the development of education programs to prevent mass atrocities across the globe, Jack holds a B.S. in French and Applied Linguistics from Penn State University and an M.S. in...
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Poetry Feature: On the Dry Sea of Sonora

June 2, 2020
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<em>Poetry Feature:</em> On the Dry Sea of Sonora

Lollie Butler is a Fellow in Literature, granted by the Arizona Commission for the Arts.
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Dead Labor: What Lincoln Vet Len Olson Taught His Daughter

June 2, 2020
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Dead Labor: What Lincoln Vet Len Olson Taught His Daughter

What Lincoln vet Len Olson taught his daughter Hannah. “Think of all the work that was done to this thing by someone’s hands.”
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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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