Author Archive for James D. Fernández

Review of Cold War Exiles in Mexico: US Dissidents and the Culture of Resistance

October 12, 2011
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(Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2008) Review published in American Studies, Vol 50, Nos 3/4, Fall/Winter, 2009. This is an impressive piece of scholarship, which combines admirable bibliographic and archival research with clear, engaging prose.  Throughout the book’s five main chapters, Schreiber painstakingly reconstructs the biographical and artistic trajectories of a talented and diverse...
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Same war, different battle…

July 26, 2011
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Same war, different battle…

On the Norwegian island of Utoya, scene of that horrific massacre of young members of the Labor Party by a right-wing Christian terrorist, there is a plaque, tacked on to a tree, honoring the four Norwegian members of the International Brigades who were killed in the Spanish Civil War.  Apparently, the young campers had...
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Caveat Lector: In the Archives

July 14, 2011
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Caveat Lector:  In the Archives

Over the years, I’ve had a chance to help a significant number of high school and college students and teachers wade into the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives.  Visitors are almost always taken by the immediacy of the primary sources contained in ALBA.  For folks used to the apparent omniscience and neutrality of history textbooks,...
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Letter Sent to the New York Times

July 7, 2011
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Letter Sent to the New York Times

Re: Spain Confronts Years of Pain Over Lost Babies Congratulations are due to the New York Times for your excellent front-page coverage of this terrifying story.  Many of us hope you might be able to give similar prominent coverage to a much larger and related story:  that of the over 100,000 victims of the...
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Blue Telegram From Spain

June 27, 2011
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Blue Telegram From Spain

The Dartmouth Alumni magazine just ran this tribute I wrote a long time ago to one of my undergraduate mentors, Robert Russell. I thought it might be of interest to you ALBA blog readers as well. Salud. Why Blue?
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More Lincoln History on the Spanish Blog “FronteraD”

June 7, 2011
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More Lincoln History on the Spanish Blog “FronteraD”

A lovely evocation, in video and prose, of Harold Meloffsky, Ernie Arion, and Bernie Abramofsky (Aibel) by Spanish journalist Pablo Mediavilla, marred only by a gratuitous and puzzling swipe at NYU students.  Historical irony:  the recipient of most of the letters on which these evocations were based, was Miriam Sigel, mother of the NYU...
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Shouts of the Hostage’s Hostage: ¡Democracia Real Ya!

June 3, 2011
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Shouts of the Hostage’s Hostage: ¡Democracia Real Ya!

Today I’d like to share with you my honest understanding of what has been going on in Spain over the last few weeks.  It’s not easy to make sense of what’s going on; the mainstream Spanish press, in my opinion, has been getting things quite wrong, or else ignoring the situation, except in its...
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On garbage trucks and tanks: Barcelona, 27 May 2011

May 27, 2011
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On garbage trucks and tanks:  Barcelona, 27 May 2011

I’ve been away for some days, and haven’t had time  to catch up with the press coverage of the 15-May movement in Spain.  But one of the messages I found in my cluttered inbox upon my return contained this link to photos of the violent disbandment of the peaceful protesters that took place today...
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Spaniards in New York, then and now

May 23, 2011
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Spaniards in New York, then and now

The students in my undergraduate seminar –“Spain in New York”– and I are in the process of uploading to a word-press blog the results of our research about the history and current presence of Spain and Spanish culture in New York. The recent rally of Spanish ex-pats at the foot of the Washington Square...
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¡Democracia Real Ya!

May 20, 2011
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¡Democracia Real Ya!

Even for a Spanish news junkie like myself, it is hard to comprehend and convey the significance of the recent massive meetings of citizens in Spain’s symbolic center –the Puerta del Sol in Madrid– and in many other cities in Spain, and now, it seems, around the world. Here’s what I understand of the...
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