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Letters of Note

Letters of Note
In April of 1937, Jamaican-born mechanic Canute Frankson left his home in Detroit and travelled to Europe to join the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a group of approximately 2,800 American volunteers who were keen to offer support in the fight against Franco and his supporters during the Spanish Civil War. Three months after arriving, Frankson wrote the following powerful letter to a friend back home in an effort to explain why he, "a Negro," had chosen to participate in "a war between whites who for centuries have held us in slavery." Frankson did return home just over a year later; sadly, he died shortly afterwards in a road traffic accident. As we know, Franco was ultimately victorious. He ruled Spain until his death in 1975. Albacete, Spain July 6, 1937My Dear Friend:I'm sure that by this time you are still waiting for a detailed explanation of what has this international struggle to do with my being here.

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