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Bachelor of Arts
History and American Studies
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In 1936, Spain was embroiled in a civil war between the left-leaning Republicans, coalesced into the Popular Front, and the right-leaning Nationalists. As the world looked on, anti-fascist volunteers from all over the world went to help the Republicans against the Nationalists. Roughly 3,000 of these volunteers were Americans, who formed the Abraham Lincoln Brigade within the broader International Brigades. These soldiers sent many letters home to their friends and family, and in these letters the Americans wrote how they understood and transmitted their idea of Spain - as a workers' paradise, with hardworking and brave people and beautiful landscapes under threat from the fascists and those seeking to destroy the Popular Front.
Lipscomb, Wyatt, "Paradise Under Siege: How the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Understood Spain, 1937 - 1939" (2020). Student Research Submissions. 351.