Support ALBA’s Educational Programs!
To fight for the future, you need to
know the past!
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) believes that to inspire the next generation of progressive activists, you need to put the tools of history in the hands of teachers. This is what we are doing with our teacher workshops across the country. It is a great investment. Every high school teacher we train will go on to teach thousands of young people about the deep tradition of progressive activism in the United States.
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) promotes and preserves the legacy of the almost 3,000 Americans who volunteered to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War, and our educational work is key to this goal. In 2008, ALBA launched an innovative program for US high school teachers aimed at broadening interest in issues related to social justice, political awareness, and activism. ALBA’s teaching institutes, which have now been held in over 11 states, encourage high school teachers not just to teach the history of the Lincoln Brigade as history, but to actively use it as an inspiration for reflection, discussion, and engagement among young people today.
We always knew that the anti-fascist legacy that we work to preserve and pass on is vital and urgent, but we had no idea just how vital and just how urgent it would become in the years immediately following the disappearance of the last remaining Lincoln veterans. Today’s general public, students and teachers included, are hungry to learn about and engage critically with the complexities of the 1930s. And by connecting them with the extraordinary legacy of the Lincolns, we are helping them make sense of the troubling times in which we now find ourselves.
For the last decade, ALBA has been conducting professional development workshops (Teaching Institutes) for high school educators all over the country. To date, we have reached over 1,200 teachers in more than nine states.
In our workshops, ALBA faculty introduce the participating teachers to our extensive collection of primary-source material and work with them to come up with ways of getting the Spanish Civil War, the history of anti-fascism, and the stories of the women and men of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade into their classrooms. Over time, we have expanded the historical arc covered in the workshops, tracing threads from the conflict in Spain all the way to the present day, passing through World War II, Vietnam, the perennial Oil Wars in the Middle East, the conflict in Syria, and the ongoing struggle for social, racial and economic justice in the United States and abroad.
Your donation will help us to expand the reach of our new online Teaching Institutes and develop other educational initiatives.
Support ALBA Programming and Archival Research!
Taking advantage of the recent move of much organizational programming online, we have been seeking to develop a global audience for our antifascist historical and cultural programming. A particularly successful foray in this direction is our ongoing film screening series.
Please help support ALBA’s cultural and historical programming to help spread the word on anti-fascism and the history of the Lincoln-Brigade.
The Veteran Archive
We strive to maintain an accurate record of all who served in the Lincoln Brigades. We use this record to honor all who answered the call to fight against fascism and incorporate the stories of the individual Lincolns into our Teaching Institutes. We combine remembrance and education to persevere the legacy of antifascist resistance.
With your support, we can continue to maintain and add to our expansive digital archive.
Support Publication of The Volunteer!
The Volunteer is our organization’s magazine, founded by Lincoln veterans, which regularly publishes works on anti-fascism, politics, the arts, and culture. In this critical time for anti-fascism, we hope to continue the intellectual and literary tradition we have inherited from the Lincolns, but we can only do so with your help.