School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-8-Monroe reviews the trial of two Italian immigrant anarchists convicted of murder during the Red Scare of the Twenties. Their guilt has long been in doubt and their trial has become symbolic of the intolerance and prejudice of the era. The author opens with a description of the crime for which the men were arrested, and then discusses the xenophobic, fearful atmosphere that developed following World War I. She details the often unfair trial and appeals process and concludes with an analysis of the legal mistakes and continuing controversy around the case, but leaves the ultimate decision about their guilt to readers. Monroe treats Sacco and Vanzetti fairly, explaining how their beliefs inspired fear in many citizens and how their rights were ignored or abused by the legal system. She also provides considerable background about the workings of the legal system and excerpts from testimony, which occasionally make for rather dry reading. The black-and-white photos scattered throughout the book add little to the text. Although this is a comprehensive examination of this case, many students will find the concise summary and clear analysis found in Betsy Kraft's Sensational Trials of the 20th Century (Scholastic, 1998) to be sufficient for their research needs.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Sacco and Vanzetti Controversial Murder Trial based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I used this book for my social studies project and it helped me a lot. This book gives a huge amount of deatil on how the crime started and also how and why the court reached the verdict they did. Even if you are not reading this book, you should read it your free time because it's not the typical boring court case book. It's actually very interesting!!