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To Turn the Whole World OverBlack Women and Internationalism$
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Keisha N. Blain and Tiffany M. Gill

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042317

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042317.001.0001

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Thyra Edwards’s Spanish Civil War Scrapbook

Thyra Edwards’s Spanish Civil War Scrapbook

Black Women’s Internationalist Writing

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(p.101) Chapter 5 Thyra Edwards’s Spanish Civil War Scrapbook
Source:
To Turn the Whole World Over
Author(s):

Anne Donlon

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042317.003.0006

This essay examines the life of African American social worker Thyra Edwards, who traveled to Spain during its civil war, and returned home to fund-raise and organize. She created a scrapbook, a public-facing record of African American women’s efforts on behalf of Republican Spain, made up of photographs prepared for publication and articles about her efforts circulated in newspapers. This feminist perspective of the “folks at home” is a crucial addendum to black history of the war in Spain. Edwards’s scrapbook is a multifaceted document: a kind of autobiography that is self-conscious in its historical record-keeping, an account of a very broad black Popular Front, and a black feminist history of the Spanish Civil War.

Keywords:   Spain, Spanish Civil War, Thyra Edwards, Chicago, Autobiography, black feminism, writing, photography

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