On this day in 1936, the Spanish Civil War began as troops under the overall leadership of Francisco Franco rose against the Republic.

Here’s John McCutcheon with “Abraham Lincoln Brigade” about the famous American volunteers for the Republic.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.