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Betty Medsger: Exposing domestic surveillance, anno 1971

June 12, 2014
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Betty Medsger: Exposing domestic surveillance, anno 1971

Betty Medsger delivered the annual Susman Lecture, based on her recent book The Burglary: he Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI. Medsger's book features the never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, in 1971. (Video, 49')
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Faces of ALBA: Don Myers, production manager

June 12, 2014
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Faces of ALBA: Don Myers, production manager

Don Myers has long been the production manager for ALBA’s spring event. What do you do as a production manager? I oversee the technical and presentational aspects of the event and coordinate with both in-house and outside contractors to make sure that everyone is communicating with each other and aware of their responsibilities on...
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Human Rights Column: The hard lessons of the DNA exonerations

June 12, 2014
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<em>Human Rights Column:</em> The hard lessons of the DNA exonerations

The era of DNA has changed the face of criminal justice forever. DNA tests have contributed to the exoneration of hundreds of innocent individuals —and exposed a deeply flawed system. Maddy deLone, executive director of the Innocence Project, makes the case for science-based judicial reform.
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The Lincoln Brigade: A legacy of racial justice

June 12, 2014
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The Lincoln Brigade: A legacy of racial justice

Some ninety African-Americans joined the Lincoln Brigade in Spain. They came from urban inner cities in the north and the rural south; they were sharecroppers, labor organizers, mechanics, laborers, merchant seamen, and students. They all shared a commitment to justice and equality. I must keep fightin’/Until I’m dyin’. . . Paul Robeson sang these...
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The making of the the Washington Battalion

March 21, 2014
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The making of the the Washington Battalion

On April 24, 1937 Captain Mirko Markovic traveled to Madrigueras, site of one of the training bases of the International Brigades, to initiate the formation of a second American Battalion. In Madrigueras Markovic found approximately 100 American volunteers. On first impression Markovic was an odd choice to take the command.
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Teaching the ALBA curriculum: The Spanish Civil War in AP European history

March 21, 2014
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Teaching the ALBA curriculum: The Spanish Civil War in AP European history

Tracy Blake teaches Social Studies at Olmsted Falls High School in northeastern Ohio. Born and raised in Oregon, he has been in the classroom for more than 20 years. He has participated in two ALBA teacher institutes and is one of the co-authors of ALBA’s Social Studies lesson plans available on the newly launched...
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Human Rights Column: Prospects and possibilities for HR education in the US

March 21, 2014
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<em>Human Rights Column</em>: Prospects and possibilities for HR education in the US

Human Rights Education has been around for some thirty years. How can we give students a deeper understanding of human rights and the skills they need to pursue positive social change? Thoughts from a veteran in the field. Human Rights Education has been around for some thirty years. How can we give students a deeper...
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The wars of Bill Aalto: Guerrilla soldier in Spain, 1937-39

March 21, 2014
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The wars of Bill Aalto: Guerrilla soldier in Spain, 1937-39

Bill Aalto’s brief, intense life (1915-1958) spanned the turbulent mid-20th century. He was an intelligent, street-wise Finnish-American boy from New York who in Spain became a Republican guerrilla fighter and a poet. After Spain, he found himself burned, betrayed, and persecuted. Aalto’s is one of five lives featured in Helen Graham’s new book.
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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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From Ottawa to Spain and back again: Canadians in the SCW

December 19, 2013
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From Ottawa to Spain and back again: Canadians in the SCW

In June 1935, nearly 2,000 young, unemployed, and angry men living in western Canada and intent on demonstrating their discontent hitched a ride on a train of boxcars to Ottawa. The men who participated in the “On-to-Ottawa Trek” were fed up with the abhorrent conditions in Prime Minister Richard Bennett’s ‘relief camps’ and...
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