Description: THE LINCOLN BRIGADE The day after Christmas in 1936, a group of ninety-six Americans sailed from New York to help Spain defend its democratic government against fascism. Ultimately, twenty-eight hundred United States volunteers reached Spain to become the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Few Lincolns had any military training. More than half were seriously wounded or died in battle. Most Lincolns were activists and idealists who had worked with and demonstrated for the homeless and unemployed during the Great Depression. They were poets and blue-collar workers, professors and students, seamen and journalists, lawyers and painters, Christians and Jews, blacks and whites. The Brigade was the first fully integrated United States army, and Oliver Law, an African American from Texas, was an early Lincoln commander. William Loren Katz and the late Marc Crawford twice traveled with the Brigade to Spain in the 1980s, interviewed surviving Lincolns on old battlefields, and obtained never-before-published documents and photographs for this book. Endorsements: "" ... A first hand, first rate work of non-fiction ... "" Publishers Weekly ""handsome ... substantial text. .. many photos never before ... published."" NY Times Book Review "" ... a vivid panorama of a memorable time."" Kirkus ""These unsung heroes will have a special appeal for young people ... deprived of so much of our history."" Studs Terkel "" ... [An] important book on an often overlooked period of history that affected many Americans."" School Library Journal ""Text and photographs will draw young people interested in the period and in those who fought for the democratic ideal."" Booklist About the Contributor(s): William Loren Katz is the award-winning author of forty books. He is a World War II veteran. Marc Crawford won journalism awards for Life Magazine, and served as an Ebony associate editor. Robin D. G. Kelley is a professor of history at New York University and the author of Race Rebels: Culture, Politics and the Black Working Class, and Yo' Mama's Disfunctional: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America.
William Loren Katz is the author of forty books, including such award-winning titles as Breaking the Chains: African American Slave Resistance, The Black West, and Black Women of the Old West. He has lectured in Europe, Africa, and the United States; he has been a Scholar in Residence at Teachers College, Columbia University; and he has served as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institute and to school systems from California to Florida and England. He lives in New York City. Visit him at WilliamLKatz.com.
Robin D. G. Kelley is Gary B. Nash Chair of U.S. History at the University of California, Los Angeles.