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Commonwealth College and the Spanish Civil War

November 9, 2018
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Members of the New Llano Cooperative Colony in Louisiana formed Commonwealth College in 1923 Commonwealth was envisioned as a Labor College “… a college specifically aimed at the leadership of what they designated as a new social class, the industrial worker. The school moved to site thirteen miles outside of Mena, in Polk County,...
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Company One Mac-Paps by a Member of the 1st Company

November 2, 2018
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Company One Mac-Paps by a Member of the 1st Company

Company One Mac-Paps By a Member of the 1st Company The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 2, No. 21, June 15, 1938 It was a year ago this month the first company was formed. For a while it was the only company in the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion. The Washington Battalion had left for the front, and...
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Under Mosquito Crest by Volunteer Staff

October 26, 2018
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Under Mosquito Crest by Volunteer Staff

          The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 3,  January 29, 1938 A ghost story of the war has come our way. Readers may interpret it as they please; the comrade who tells it offers no explanation, nor shall we. Here it is. . Comrade C. went into the Brunete offensive...
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Bob Smillie’s Newly Discovered Prison Dossier Conjures up Questions

October 23, 2018
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Bob Smillie’s Newly Discovered Prison Dossier Conjures up Questions

More than eighty years after Bob Smillie’s mysterious death in Valencia during the Spanish Civil War, his prison dossier has finally surfaced. Robert Ramsay “Bob” Smillie was a Scottish volunteer who joined the Spanish Civil War in the contingent of the Independent Labour Party (ILP) and who died in 1937 under strange circumstances. Although...
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Sam by A. C. B. [Alvah Cecil Bessie]

October 19, 2018
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Sam by A. C. B. [Alvah Cecil Bessie]

                          The Volunteer for Liberty, V.2, No. 31, September 5, 1938. The kid looks and acts about eighteen but when you ask him how old he is he says he’s 23. “”so you’re 23 are you?” said...
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Getting Worried by unattributed

October 12, 2018
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Getting Worried by unattributed

                            The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 31, September 5, 1938. The Company Commissar was harassed. The boys had been beefing; the grub line was snarled up and sounded like the Chicago stockyards in a thunderstorm. Up walks Comrade S… Said...
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Join Us for ALBA’s Annual Election-Day Teachers Workshop!

October 10, 2018
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Join Us for ALBA’s Annual Election-Day Teachers Workshop!

The United States and World Fascism: Human Rights from the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond is the title of ALBA’s professional-development program for high school teachers in Social Studies, Spanish, Art, and Language Arts. Join us this Tuesday, November 6 at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (53 Washington Square South, New...
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Remember This by William P. Smith, Jr., Lincoln Battalion

October 4, 2018
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Remember This by William P. Smith, Jr., Lincoln Battalion

                    Remember This, William P. Smith, Jr., Lincoln Battalion The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 1, No. 9, August 9, 1937   REMEMBER THIS I’ve heard you sobbing in the night And know your fears are not for fright But for the dead. Those Comrades lost...
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The Trek That Led to Spain by J. McGrandle

September 28, 2018
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The Trek That Led to Spain by J. McGrandle

The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 25, July 19, 1938                         This anniversary wouldn’t seem complete to me without some mention of the “Vancouver Stiffs” who are fighting side by side with the rest of the International against fascism. It isn’t strange when...
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Lt. Cooper’s Haul by S. F.

September 21, 2018
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Lt. Cooper’s Haul by S. F.

The Volunteer for Liberty, V.2, No. 30, August 26, 1938 The special Brigade machine gun company came up to reinforce the 58th Battalion on July 28th. Saully Wellman its commissar had already been forced out of action by a shrapnel wound; and when on his very first day with the Lincolns the commander Capt....
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