Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil War

Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil War

by Peter N. Carroll
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814716814

ISBN-13: 9780814716816

Pub. Date: 03/01/2007

Publisher: New York University Press

When the Spanish Civil War began in 1936, loosely affiliated groups of writers, artists, and other politically aware individuals emerged in New York City to give voice to anti-fascist sentiment by supporting the Spanish Republic. Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil War examines the participation of New Yorkers in the political struggles and

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When the Spanish Civil War began in 1936, loosely affiliated groups of writers, artists, and other politically aware individuals emerged in New York City to give voice to anti-fascist sentiment by supporting the Spanish Republic. Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil War examines the participation of New Yorkers in the political struggles and armed conflict that many historians consider a critical precursor to World War II. Nearly half of the 2,800 Americans who volunteered to fight in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade against Generalissimo Francisco Franco came from the New York area. Fundraising, propaganda, and deployment for anti-fascists everywhere in America were orchestrated through New York City. At the same time, powerful voices in New York expressed sympathy for the pro-fascist side.

The fighting in Spain brought to the surface the complex ideological and ethnic identities always present in New York politics. Facing Fascism examines the full range of this experience, including that of the New Yorkers who supported Franco. It addresses the role of doctors, nurses, and social workers who left New York hospitals to provide assistance to the defenders of the Spanish Republic, as well as those who remained active on the home front. The book also describes the involvement of students in the war, the key role of writers and the media, and the contributions made by members of New York's art and theater communities.

Facing Fascism also serves as the catalog to an exhibition of the same name appearing at the Museum of the City of New York in the spring of 2007. The book and exhibition both make use of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives' extensive holdings, which range from historical documents to video recordings of oral histories. Numerous other libraries, archives, museums, and private collectors have also been consulted to make this the most complete exhibition of its kind ever mounted. The exhibition will also appear in Spain.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814716816
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Forward
Forward
Introduction
New York and the World: The Global Context
The New York Press and the Spanish Civil War
New York's Aid to the Spanish Republic
Someone Had to Help.
New York Novelists and Poets Respond to the Spanish Civil War
The Graphic Fight: New York Political Cartoonists and the Spanish Civil War
The Lifted Fist: Performing the Spanish Civil War, New York City, 1936-1939
The New York City Left and the Spanish Civil War
From Brooklyn to Belchite: New Yorkers in the Abraham Lincolm Brigade
Nueva York: The Spanish-Speaking Community Responds
Legacies of the Spanish Civil War in New York
Photo Essay New Yorkers in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
Acknowledgments
Additional Readings
Contributors

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