Sacco and Vanzetti: Rebel Lives

Sacco and Vanzetti: Rebel Lives

by Nicola Sacco, Bartolomeo Vanzetti, John Davis
     
 

The trial judge called them "anarchistic bastards." Political activists, Italian-born Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were framed and executed for murder in a wave of anti-immigrant hysteria in Boston in the 1920s. By illustrating how anarchists and immigrants were the "terrorists" of yesteryear, this book is a grim reminder of the consequences of using fear

Overview

The trial judge called them "anarchistic bastards." Political activists, Italian-born Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were framed and executed for murder in a wave of anti-immigrant hysteria in Boston in the 1920s. By illustrating how anarchists and immigrants were the "terrorists" of yesteryear, this book is a grim reminder of the consequences of using fear as a political weapon.

Eventually pardoned in 1977 by Governor Dukakis, Sacco and Vanzetti’s case sparked an unprecedented international defense campaign—including among it’s supporters writers, artists, and musicians—and remains one of the most famous political trials in history.

"[Vanzetti] loved his adopted country, but his hatred of war was greater than his devotion to an abstraction."—William Kunstler (U.S. civil rights lawyer)

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Rebel Lives is a series that attempts to "make available the ideas and stories of imperfect revolutionary human beings to a new generation of readers and aspiring rebels." This little book may be a bit less drastic than its editors' purpose, but it is a powerful piece nonetheless. The entire book is composed of primary materials. In part one, the reader meets the two Italian immigrants through the letters they wrote while in jail from 1921 to the eve of their execution in 1927. Writing to their families, their prosecutors, or their supporters, they speak clearly of their beliefs, their imperfect English notwithstanding. In parts two and three are essays written while Sacco and Vanzetti were still alive and a cause celèbre supported by such well-known authors as John Dos Passos, Eugene Debs, Anatole France, Upton Sinclair, and H. G. Wells. In part four are more modern essays on the case, including a piece by historian Howard Zinn written on the 50th anniversary of their death. Wrote Vanzetti in 1924: "The more I live, the more I suffer, the more I learn, the more I am inclined to forgive, to be generous and that the violence as such does not resolve the problem of life." (Rebel Lives). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Ocean Books, 119p. bibliog., Ages 15 to adult.
—Patricia Moore

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781876175856
Publisher:
Ocean Press
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Series:
Rebel Lives Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
90
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

John Davis is an Irish writer and historian specialising in US radical history.

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