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The Death of Major Robert Hale Merriman

March 13, 2016
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The Death of Major Robert Hale Merriman

Robert Hale Merriman, Chief of Staff of the XV International Brigade, disappeared behind enemy lines. His body was never recovered. What happened? Two memoirs and an interview give conflicting versions.
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Naming the Lincoln Battalion

March 13, 2016
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Naming the Lincoln Battalion

Why did the American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War name themselves after Abraham Lincoln? Who first came up with the idea of the “Lincoln Battalion” and when? New information is complicating the long-accepted account.
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Don’t Try to Catch Me: Adam Hochschild on the First Volunteer

March 13, 2016
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<i>Don’t Try to Catch Me:</i> Adam Hochschild on the First Volunteer

In this excerpt from his new book Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, Adam Hochschild tells the story of Swarthmore student Joe Selligman (1916-1937), the first American volunteer to join the battle for Madrid. After he left, his parents in Kentucky received an envelope mailed by a friend: “By...
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Faces of ALBA-VALB: Richard Bermack, Photographer

March 13, 2016
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<em>Faces of ALBA-VALB:</em> Richard Bermack, Photographer

Richard Bermack is a documentary photographer and writer who has worked primarily for labor unions, including SEIU, the UAW, and the ILWU. In addition to his work on radical and labor history, he has written about and photographed workers involved in children and family services, welfare reform, aiding people with disabilities, and health care...
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“We must get him in!” Pete Seeger in East Berlin, 1967

January 2, 2016
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“We must get him in!” Pete Seeger in East Berlin, 1967

Editor’s Note: Coming across Pete Seeger’s correspondence with Victor Grossman in Seeger’s FBI File, we asked Grossman if he had any recollections of Pete’s visit to East Berlin. During Pete’s visit I was director of the Paul Robeson Archive of the GDR Academy of Arts (the archive is still in storage here). That brief...
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Pete and the Feds: Seeger’s FBI file reveals Lincoln connections

January 2, 2016
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Pete and the Feds: Seeger’s FBI file reveals Lincoln connections

“Even a superficial reading of an article written by a Communist or a conversation with one will probably reveal the use of some of the following expressions,” warned a 1955 pamphlet published by the U.S. First Army Headquarters that aimed to teach its readers “How to Spot a Communist.” The expressions that were a...
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“Spanish Doctors” in China

December 8, 2015
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“Spanish Doctors” in China

Twenty medical doctors serving in the International Brigades went straight from Spain to China to help the country defend itself against Japanese aggression. They are remembered fondly in China today.
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Human Rights Column: On Moral Injury

December 8, 2015
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<em>Human Rights Column:</em> On Moral Injury

Some soldiers instinctively respond to concepts in international law of which they may not even be aware. When men and women in the military do or see things that offend their deeply held sense of right and wrong, they may experience moral injury, a condition that overlaps with but is not the same as...
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Max Aub on the Republican Exodus: January without a Name

December 8, 2015
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<i>Max Aub on the Republican Exodus:</i> January without a Name

Max Aub (1903-1972) was born in Paris to a German-Jewish family that moved to Spain when he was 11. During the Spanish Civil War, he worked for the Republican government. After Franco’s victory he was arrested in France and spent three years in concentration camps, after which he fled to Mexico. He spent his...
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The Legacy of Spain and the Lincoln Brigade

December 8, 2015
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The Legacy of Spain and the Lincoln Brigade

All my life I've known about Spain. I grew up singing Freiheit and Viva la Quince Brigada and Los Cuatro Generales, and knew the names of some of the places in Spain where the big battles were fought. I owe a lot to my parents, and to the culture they helped create. They didn't...
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