Fighting Fascist Spain: The Exhibits

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Fighting Fascist Spain: The Exhibits


Antifascist Periodicals -- United States; Periódicos -- Estados Unidos
Fascism -- Spain
Antifascist movements – United States



Video Introduction

Fighting Fascist Spain -- The Exhibits is an online collection and interpretive exhibits that recover, preserve, and make available US Hispanic antifascist print culture. FFSTE visualizes workers' protest fashioned by the alternative intellectual, cultural, and political traditions and institutions: grassroots associations, the alternative press, and the comic and farcical theater. All of which provided opportunities for antifascist activism in the United States.

Periodical research diversifies antifascist studies by including migrants and radical workers in the cultural and historical discourse. Therefore, FFSTE becomes a US Hispanic Antifascist hub to support antifascist researchers, descendants, and the general interested public in their efforts to:

  • recover information on victims of fascism and their allies
  • express historical justice
  • dignify the victims' and antifascists' voices and perspectives

The Exhibit does not merely recover evidence of workers’ antifascist visual culture but helps articulate how their politics and culture shaped knowledge from below. This digital collection not only recovers grassroots efforts but also local and global networks of political protest and solidarity. Texts and images in US Spanish-language periodicals include but are not limited to:

  • Print Culture: editors and regular sections and contributors
  • Extraordinary Communities: announcements and photographs of rallies and demonstrations, photographs, and obituaries of demonstrators
  • Antifascist Stage: announcements of cultural fundraisers and antifascist plays, photographs, and obituaries of participants
  • Graphic Arts: drawings, photographs, and obituaries of artists

Curator: Montse Feu

Other repositories:

Facebook - Confederadas

Fighting Fascist Spain - YouTube

How to cite the project: Montse Feu. "Fighting Fascist Spain --The Exhibits." Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Digital Collections. Accessed [DATE].
Funded by:  2020 Grants-in-aid of the US Latino Digital Humanities (USLDH) program ($7,500; Technical Assistant Jenny Patlan); Summer 2021 FAST SHSU Award ($10,000; Research Assistants Diego Colindres, Bailey Mills, Abigail Schafer); Fall 2021, ORSP, $3,600 RA-Abigail Schafer, Bailey Mills. 
This site is for educational and research purposes only **FAIR USE** Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research.


Collection and Exhibits curated by
Montse Feu, associate professor,
World Languages and Cultures, Sam Houston State University.


Fighting Fascist Spain: The Exhibit (


Frente Popular (New York, 1936-1939);
España Libre (New York, 1939-1977);
Ibérica (New York, 1953-1974)




Arte Público Press as post-custodial repository
Montse Feu as curator of collection and editor of exhibits
Authors and Artists keep the copyright of their work


Fighting Fascist Spain (UI Press 2020)






Image, Text


United States, Spain

Collection Items

Mercado Común. Common Market
A cartoon belittles Franco’s intentions to enter the European Union. An old Franco, dressed in his military uniform, rides an emaciated horse toward the European Union. The horse is blindfolded, and the flies buzzing around it are waiting for its…

José Nieto Ruiz
In the first panel, Spanish refugee José Nieto Ruiz escapes Spain when Franco is about to cut his throat. A square bubble reads "Anti-Franco Militant." In the second panel, Nieto escapes Cuba when Castro is about to beat him to death. A square bubble…

A man is sitting at a desk. His head resembles the globe. The globe shows the map of Spain as a painful part of his head. A speech bubble says "I hope my 1936 head tumor heals in 1963."

14 de abril y Franco. April, 14th and Franco
The date that commemorates the Second Republic, April 14, has been painted on a street wall. Francisco Franco is alarmed at the growing assertiveness of the antifascist resistance.

El gran fariseo. The Great Hypocrite.
Franco is dramatically crying over the death of Pope John XXIII. The Generalissimo is standing on a pile of skulls and bones. In the pile of bones, Aragonés places banners with the names of those who died defending democracy during the Spanish Civil…

Apretón de manos. Handshake.
The name of the two Spanish labor unions, UGT and CNT, are written on the sleeves of two shaking hands, which are also strangling Francisco Franco.

A man who represents public opinion in Spain is bound and guarded by a distracted Civil Guard. A small child holds a blanket that has 1964 written on it. The child tiptoes toward the bound man with a pair of scissors in his hand, ready to set the man…

Cría Cuervos…
A three-panel cartoon. In the first panel, Uncle Sam gives dollars to Franco; in the second, Franco gives them to Castro and buys sugar; in the third, Franco is best friends with Castro and Khrushchev. Uncle Sam is thinking "A leopard never changes…

!Cría Cuervos!...
A short Franco kicks a tall Uncle Sam in the knee, which causes Uncle Sam cold sweats. The medals of honor from Franco’s army uniform fall to the floor with the force of the kick.

25 años. 25 Years
The focal point of the cartoon is the number twenty-five. Franco is sitting on the number that signifies the longevity of his rule. His posture is one of satisfaction and triumph. Nevertheless, Aragonés covers the number with banners and drawings…
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