Date: Sat, 14 Sep 1996 18:11:14 -0400
From: R. Newman


The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is pleased to announce the continuing annual competition for the ALBA George Watt Memorial prizes for the best college student essays about the Spanish Civil War, the anti-fascist political or cultural struggles of the 1930s, or the lifetime histories and contributions of the Americans who fought in Spain from 1937-1938. Two prizes of $500 each will be awarded each year ( one to the best undergraduate paper and one to the best graduate student paper written on one or more of the above topics. Papers will be judged on the basis of originality, effectiveness of argument, and quality of writing. The paper must have been written to fulfill an undergraduate or graduate course or degree requirement.

The deadline for receipt of essays is April 1, 1997. Essays written either during the year of submission or during the previous calendar year are eligible for the competition. Essays must be at least 5,000 words long to be considered for the prize. Applicants should submit five copies of their paper, typed, double-spaced, and with an SASE for return. Please mail entries to:

Professor Fraser Ottanelli
Department of History SOC 107
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620

The award winners will be announced each Spring. The Executive Committee of ALBA will appoint the judges for the contest.

ALBA is a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation and dissemination of the record of the American role in the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War and its aftermath. ALBA supervises a major archive at Brandeis University(the most comprehensive historical archive documenting the American involvement in the Spanish Civil War(and supports cultural and educational activities related to the war and its historical, political, artistic, and biographical heritage. Some 2,800 American men and women, realizing the danger international fascism presented to the world, came to the defense of the Spanish Republic in these years just prior to the Second World War. On the other side were forces led by rebel Spanish generals supported by Hitler and Mussolini.

The prizes honor the memory of Abraham Lincoln Brigade veteran George Watt (1914-1994), not only for his own long anti-fascist record but also as a symbol of the many American men and women who risked (and sometimes lost) their lives in this struggle. Watt himself was a veteran of Spain who then served in the U.S. Army Corps in World War II. An effective voice for a variety of social causes in his lifetime, Watt was also a driving force behind ALBA..


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