The Abraham Lincoln Brigade

ALB group photo

During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), almost forty thousand men and women from fifty-two countries, including 2,800 Americans volunteered to travel to Spain and join the International Brigades to help fight fascism. The U.S. volunteers served in various units and came to be known collectively as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.



News & Updates

 George Watt

George Watt Prize, 2019!

Submission Deadline

July 1st, 2019, 11:59pm EST

Established in 1998, our annual essay contest honors Lincoln veteran George Watt, a writer and lifelong activist central to the creation of ALBA.  Students from anywhere in the world are invited to submit essays and thesis chapters on topics related to the Spanish Civil War, the Lincoln Brigade, cultural and political struggles against fascism in the 1920s and 1930s, and the lifelong activism of the International Brigades. 
Work will be judged on the basis of originality, quality of research, and effectiveness of argument or presentation.

Who We Are

See examples of ALBA programming through the years and footage from our 83rd Annual Celebration!

Celebrate Resistance!

For those who came

Antifa Tote

Cover, S in Hearts
For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War

$20  (includes shipping and handling within the US)
$30  (includes shipping and handling to Europe)
Anti-Fascist Women Tote

Made in the USA

$20  (includes shipping/handling within the US) 

 Buy now!
by Adam Hochschild

(includes shipping/handling within the US) 


For Educators

Upcoming Workshops and Presentations:
  • April 12: Presentation for scholars of Spain & Latin America at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (University of Kentucky).
  • April 27: One-day institute in Seattle, WA, for Spanish teachers, hosted in collaboration with the Cervantes Institute.
  • May 15: One-day institute in Oberlin, OH, for teachers of Social Studies, Spanish, and English Language Arts.
  • July 10: Conference workshop at the annual AATSP Conference in San Diego, CA (more information). 
  • October 4-5: Two-day workshop in Massachussets (details TBA)
  • October 11: One-day workshop in Cleveland, OH (details TBA)
  • October 19: One-day workshop at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL (details TBA)
  • November 5: One-day workshop in New York City (details TBA)
  • November 6: One-day workshop in Bergen, NJ (details TBA)
Make sure to stay tuned! More information on resources for teachers at ALBA's Teacher Resource Site

For more information click here. If you are interested in organizing a Teaching Institute near you, please write to