Author Archive for Peter N. Carroll

Harry W. Randall (1915-2012)

January 4, 2013
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Harry W. Randall (1915-2012)

Harry W. Randall, Jr., once the chief photographer of the special photographic unit of the Fifteenth Brigade during the Spanish Civil War, died at a care facility in Snowflake, Arizona on November 11. His vast collection of photographs—which included not only his own camera work but a large array of negatives, albums of prints,...
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ALBA’s back in school, hurricane or not

December 22, 2012
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ALBA’s back in school, hurricane or not

After organizing three successful professional development programs for high school teachers this spring—in Seattle, Tampa, and Oberlin, Ohio—ALBA launched three more in the autumn term in Alameda County, California, New York City, and Bergen County, New Jersey. As in the past, teachers are welcoming the presentation of fresh historical source material from the ALBA...
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What did Hemingway do to save the Republic?

November 22, 2012
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What did Hemingway do to save the Republic?

We know, of course, that he gave his talent as a writer to support the Republican side. But there are at least two additional things Hemingway did that have attracted little attention.
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Vernon Wilbert Bown (1917-2012)

July 2, 2012
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Vernon Wilbert Bown (1917-2012)

One of the last surviving veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Vernon Bown, died of pneumonia at a VA hospital in Martinez, California, on March 23, as reported by his son Ricardo. Born in rural Wisconsin, Bown went to Spain in 1937 and saw action with the MacKenzie-Papineau battalion until the volunteers were repatriated...
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Teaching programs continue to grow: Seattle, Ohio, Florida

July 1, 2012
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Teaching programs continue to grow: Seattle, Ohio, Florida

Now in its fifth year, ALBA’s educational program aims to reach high school teachers of social studies and Spanish who will use archival sources related to the Spanish Civil War in their classrooms. Three separate programs filled the calendar during the spring term; three more are expected in the fall. Last March, ALBA board...
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Teaching Human Rights and the Spanish Civil War

March 9, 2012
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Teaching Human Rights and the Spanish Civil War

As we begin the fifth year of ALBA’s teaching programs for high school instructors, we are detecting positive patterns in the anonymous evaluations each teacher is asked to complete at the end of the program. Last December in Chicago, for example, a male world history teacher indicated that he had begun the session with...
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ALBA inaugurates Human Rights Film Series

December 4, 2011
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ALBA inaugurates Human Rights Film Series

Focusing a wide lens on the human rights agenda, ALBA hosted “Impugning Impunity: A Human Rights Documentary Film Series” at the Museum of the City of New York in November. The festival kicked off with Hollman Morris’ Impunity, a film about the victims of state-sponsored terrorism in Colombia and the truth commission that was...
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Judge Garzón accepts ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism

June 16, 2011
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Judge Garzón accepts ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism

A new spirit of human rights activism ignited tremendous enthusiasm as 300-plus friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade commemorated the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War at a reunion in New York on May 14. The day’s highlight was the presentation of the first annual ALBA-Puffin Award for Human Rights...
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Peter Carroll’s “Keeping Time” reissued

January 5, 2011
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Peter Carroll’s “Keeping Time” reissued

The re-publication this month of my memoir, Keeping Time: Memory, Nostalgia & the Art of History (University of Georgia Press), may be of interest to those who wonder how and why I got involved in writing about the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the Spanish Civil War.  I’ll be discussing this background on Thursday January...
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Arborglyphs Found in California

November 23, 2010
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Arborglyphs Found in California

While hiking in the Glass Mountains of Mono County, California, last year, Betty Brown of Kensington, California, came upon some carvings made on aspen trees, referring to the Spanish Civil War--and apparently cut by a Basque sheepherder with anti-fascist opinions.
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