Many African-Americans were drawn to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War. Oliver Law, left, became the first known black American to lead an integrated military unit in war. His life and death were controversial, but he was honored with “Oliver Law and Abraham Lincoln Brigade Day” in his hometown of Chicago as late as 1987. (Tamiment Library, New York University).
The Archives of the Abraham Lincoln Brigades are held by the Tamiment Library of New York University. American participants in the Brigades can be found here.