Author Archive for Peter N. Carroll

Poetry Feature: Sanctuary

August 5, 2019
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<em>Poetry Feature:</em> Sanctuary

Sanctuary   The village creek serpentines to open seas where I stand all day at the ocean shore, feeling the Earth’s core tremble.   Sailor Melville got it right, picturing landlubbers lined at water’s edge looking outward on holidays chary of wet feet.   I’m of the coastal breed, fear-fed by tsunamis, yellow signs...
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Letter from ALBA: Reaching Out to the Young

August 5, 2019
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Letter from ALBA: Reaching Out to the Young

Dear Friends, More than 50 New York City high school students, together with their history teachers, attended our annual event on May 5. It’s been a while since we had so many young faces in the audience. Along with some 150 other attendees, they saw the Immigration Justice Campaign receive the ALBA/Puffin Award for...
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The United States and World Fascism: Two Sample Documents

July 1, 2018
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The United States and World Fascism: Two Sample Documents

Among the dozens of primary source documents in the resource binder distributed to the teachers who participate in ALBA’s teaching institutes are a letter that President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote to the U.S. ambassador in Madrid in March 1945, and the transcript of a conversation four years later between Milt Wolff, the last commander...
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Poetry Feature: Anonymous

November 19, 2017
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<i>Poetry Feature:</i> Anonymous

Anonymous The old Communist behind the bar is decanting rot-gut red into green bottles, pours me a taste. He’d fought in Spain with the Lincoln Brigade and in the big war that followed. He has stories. Oral history we call it: I want his past, he hopes for my future. He pours, I drink....
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Back in School: ALBA’s New York Institute Considers Crucial Questions

June 14, 2017
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Back in School: ALBA’s New York Institute Considers Crucial Questions

Reflecting a growing interest among Americans about the history of fascism and anti-fascism, and resulting struggles for the rights of citizens and civilians in wartime, ALBA launched a three-day symposium for high school teachers of New York City to explore these themes using primary sources that remain accessible and challenging for their students.
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Trump or the Decline of Historical Memory

March 6, 2017
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Trump or the Decline of Historical Memory

Trump’s election creates new challenges for everyone involved in history teaching. What is it like to teach history when the nation’s president appears to chronically ignore factual evidence? What’s the task ahead?
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Poetry Feature: Lessons of History

June 11, 2015
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<i>Poetry Feature:</i> Lessons of History

I wasn’t even born, never saw a soldier point a rifle into the face of a woman, her hair beginning to gray, run red. I witness from a distance the dark-eyed girl in Capa’s photo snuggled on a rice sack in a train station. Her pose wistful: to where railroad tracks began and will...
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From Guernica to Human Rights: The shifting paradigms of the Spanish Civil War

March 13, 2015
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From Guernica to Human Rights: The shifting paradigms of the Spanish Civil War

Writers and soldiers alike saw Spain as the first battlefield of World War II. In the title essay of his new book, excerpted here, historian Peter N. Carroll traces the war’s legacy, from the shocking bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by German and Italian air forces to the attacks on civilians and...
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John Hovan (1916-2014): Citizen of Spain and the world

June 12, 2014
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John Hovan (1916-2014): Citizen of Spain and the world

John Hovan, one of the first veterans of the Lincoln Brigade to take advantage of the Spanish law granting citizenship to foreign volunteers of the International Brigades, died in Providence, Rhode Island, on March 27. He was 97.
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The Lincoln Brigade and racial justice: A tradition

March 21, 2014
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The Lincoln Brigade and racial justice: A tradition

Racial equality and civil rights live at the core of the Lincoln Brigade. About 90 African Americans volunteered to serve in the ranks—as soldiers, drivers, mechanics, nurses, doctors, journalists, and social workers. The only prominent entertainer who visited the U.S. volunteers in Spain was Paul Robeson.
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