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From the Face of My Memory: American Women Journalists in the Spanish Civil War

February 27, 2018
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<i>From the Face of My Memory</i>: American Women Journalists in the Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Civil War, sparked the imagination and allegiance of a small group of pro-Republic American women journalists: Martha Gellhorn, Josephine Herbst, and Frances Davis. These women, displaced in war, are representative of a much larger displacement.
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“Who the hell worked out a plan like that?” New Light on the 1935 Bremen Riot

February 27, 2018
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<i>“Who the hell worked out a plan like that?”</i> New Light on the 1935 <i> Bremen </i> Riot

When the Bremen, a German luxury ship proudly flying the Swastika, was ready to sail from its berth at Pier 46 in New York, two seamen who later volunteered to fight in Spain managed to fool the crew and rip down the Nazi flag. In the archives, Dan Czitrom came across a deserter’s testimony...
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Ferdinand in his 80s: Still No One Knows Why He Smells the Flowers

February 27, 2018
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Ferdinand in his 80s: Still No One Knows Why He Smells the Flowers

When it first came out, The Story of Ferdinand was not greeted as the simple story that Munro Leaf claimed to have written. With the Spanish Civil War raging, the book seemed to be an obvious allegory. But of what?
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Human Rights Column: From Spain to Delano: The Radical Roots of Farm Workers Unions

February 27, 2018
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<i>Human Rights Column:</i> From Spain to Delano: The Radical Roots of Farm Workers Unions

We can’t talk about defending the human and labor rights of farm workers without talking about their history of organizing unions—and the efforts by the government to suppress them. 
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Family Bonds: American Fathers and Sons in the Spanish Civil War

February 27, 2018
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Family Bonds: American Fathers and Sons in the Spanish Civil War

Three pairs of fathers and sons chose war over peace when they volunteered to be among the 2,800 Americans who served with the International Brigades in Spain. They came from varied pasts and with divergent motivations. One father followed his son to Spain while each of the other fathers volunteered together with their sons....
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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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Wolf Moon: A Novel about the Anti-Francoist Guerrilla

November 19, 2017
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<i>Wolf Moon:</i> A Novel about the Anti-Francoist Guerrilla

In the autumn of 1937, after the Republican front had collapsed in Asturias and with any possibility of retreat being prevented by the sea, hundreds of fugitives took refuge on the steep, leafy slopes of the Cantabrian Mountains, their only objective being to escape the repression inflicted by the winning side and to wait...
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Human Rights Column: Disposable People: Deporting US Veterans

November 19, 2017
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<i>Human Rights Column:</i> Disposable People: Deporting US Veterans

The plight of the non-citizen veterans of US military service who have been deported stands as a small but telling example of how our country falls far short of living up to its promises.
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Antifascism in Ohio: Humanities Director Speaks Out

November 19, 2017
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Antifascism in Ohio: Humanities Director Speaks Out

Last August, in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Ohio Humanities issued a powerful letter condemning white supremacists who attacked antifascist protestors. We speak with Executive Director Pat Williamsen about the need for public humanists to take a stand. “America has forgotten itself.”
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Understanding the Catalan Crisis: Emilio Silva on Winners and Losers

November 19, 2017
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Understanding the Catalan Crisis: Emilio Silva on Winners and Losers

The escalating conflict between Spain and Catalonia led to the country’s deepest constitutional crisis since the transition to democracy. Journalist Emilio Silva reflects on the short- and long-term impact. “For someone on the left, the confusion in terms of priorities and alliances is hard to understand.”
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