They mostly came from big cities on the coasts. But why did fourteen young men came from rural New Hampshire in the Fall of 1936 to risk their lives in a foreign war? It was illegal for them to go to Spain to fight the fascists but they went anyway. Only to be harassed as “premature antifascists” in the 1950s. Who were these people, why did they go? UNH history professor emeritus Douglas Wheeler paints the picture and explains why it is so relevant to young people today.

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