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Fighting fascist Spain


Fighting Fascist Spain examines modern Spanish immigrants to the United States in their fight against fascism through the narrative arc of the periodical España Libre. Spanish immigrants represented one of the most radical ethnic groups rooted either in the anarchism or socialism of their homeland. In the United States, these workers continued to participate in vigorous transnational and radical countercultures, which became one of the main strengths of their antifascist sentiment during the Spanish Civil War and the Francisco Franco’s dictatorship. Spanish cultural and mutual aid societies came together in what was known as the Sociedades Hispanas Confederadas or SHC, an organization of about 200 affiliated associations in the United States. The SHC periodical, España Libre articulates how workers’ culture and politics shaped their antifascism. Using extensive and previously ignored literary, visual, and archival sources, this project explores abounding anarchist literature and antifascist humor. Workers’ public protest was fashioned by a system of traditions and institutions: grassroots associations, the alternative press, and the comic and farcical theater that provided opportunities for anarchist practice and humorous antifascism.

SKU: 36426
Subtitle: Worker Protest from the Printing Press
Author: Feu, Montse
Year: 2020
ISBN: 9780252085116
Pages: 280
Language: English
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Publisher's city: DeKalb, IL
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