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BRIGADISTAS!: A Review

Harry Targ Diary of a Heartland Radical
40,000 mostly young leftists from 50 countries joined in the military effort to defend democracy. Some 3,000 Americans traveled to Spain to fight fascism. They became known as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

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One Woman’s Spanish Civil War

Eleanor J. Bader The Indypendent
Judith Berlowitz’s historical novel offers readers a peek into the Spanish Civil War and the idealism that brought people from across the globe together to fight for democratic governance and human rights.

The Ukraine War

Bruce Hartford Civil Rights Movement Archive
Putin's invasion of Ukraine is not an isolated event. It's part of a broader attack against democracy that echoes events of the twentieth century.

We Are Long Overdue for a Paul Robeson Revival

Peter Dreier Los Angeles Review of Books
In the 1970s, Robeson’s admirers — boosted by the upsurge of black studies and black cultural projects, the waning of the Cold War — began to rehabilitate his reputation with various tributes, documentary films, books, concerts, exhibits, and a play

Why is So Little Known About the 1930s Coup Attempt Against FDR?

Sally Denton The Guardian
Business leaders like JP Morgan and Irénée du Pont were accused of plotting to install a fascist dictator. If the plotters had been held accountable in the 1930s, the forces behind the 6 January coup attempt might never have flourished now.

Left History - Gil Green: Mensch and Mentor

Michael Myerson Monthly Review
The politics Gil fought for in 1934 informed his entire life. For the thirty years following his release from prison, Gil argued against the sectarianism of the Communist Party. Countless times he said, “You can’t have a united front with yourself..

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Whitewashing the Great Depression

Sarah Boxes The Atlantic
The preeminent photographic record of the period excluded people of color from the nation’s self-image. This collective portrait contributed to the misbegotten idea, still current, that the soul of America, the real American type, is rural and white

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More Americans Supported Hitler Than You May Think

Lily Rothman Time
Here is a review of a new history of the pro-Nazi movement in the United States in the years before World War II. That movement was far more popular than many people know.
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