Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2020

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History and American Studies

Department Chair or Program Director

Ferrell, Claudine

First Advisor

Poska, Allyson

Major or Concentration



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.

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