"When should the United States intervene in a crisis abroad? What happens when public opinion and official foreign policy come into conflict? A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York will look at how New York, the nation’s most heterogeneous and international city, responded to the crisis surrounding the Spanish Civil War, prefiguring the debates over U.S. participation in the World War II and continuing to the divisive international policy dilemmas of today. Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil War will be on view through August 12, 2007. Historical documents, artifacts, photographs, correspondence, original works of art, and video will be on view to shed light on all sides of this epic international struggle, played out on both the home front and the battlefront.“New York City in the 1930s was writhing from the economic pains of the Great Depression and yet alive with idealism and hope,” commented Susan Henshaw Jones, President and Director of the Museum. “This exhibition tells extraordinary stories about the New Yorkers—people like your neighbors and mine—who were most passionately engaged in the spirit of their times. And the choices they felt compelled to make—some seeming morally clear, others seeming
politically ambiguous---resonate with us now."
A scene linking a panorama taken on Central Park West and 102nd Street (4/10/07 at 5:30 PM) to a panorama of the Fighting Fascism exhibit located on the 1st Floor gallery of the museum. The exhibit is due east of the outside location. On 4/10/07 Paul Robeson Jr. spoke about his father's role in the Spanish Civil War.
A description of the sound bite in the sidebar:
Paul Robeson Jr. shares the story of his father singing to the
Republican troops behind enemy lines and causing a temporary halt in
the fighting. The Black Moorish mercenary troops fighting for Franco
were mesmerized by the vision of a Black American with such public
stature. Through his radio broadcasts from Madrid Paul would be known
as "Our Pablo" to both sides in the struggle