In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti

In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti

Double Lives, Troubled Times, and the Massachusetts Murder Case That Shook the World

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A re-examination of the controversial 1927 case of two Italian-born laborers and anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who went to the electric chair, all the while professing their innocence.

University Press of New England
An in-depth reexamination with startling new insights into the controversial case
It was a bold and brutal crime--robbery and murder in broad daylight on the streets of South Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1920. Tried for the crime and convicted, two Italian-born laborers, anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, went to the electric chair in 1927, professing their innocence. Journalist Susan Tejada has spent years investigating the case, sifting through diaries and police reports and interviewing descendants of major figures. She discovers little-known facts about Sacco, Vanzetti, and their supporters, and develops a tantalizing theory about how a doomed insider may have been coerced into helping professional criminals plan the heist.

Tejada's close-up view of the case allows readers to see those involved as individual personalities. She also paints a fascinating portrait of a bygone era: Providence gangsters and Boston Brahmins; nighttime raids and midnight bombings; and immigration, unionism, draft dodging, and violent anarchism in the turbulent early years of the twentieth century. In many ways this is as much a cultural history as a true-crime mystery or courtroom drama. Because the case played out against a background of domestic terrorism, in a time that echoes our own, we have a new appreciation of the potential connection between fear and the erosion of civil liberties and miscarriages of justice.


Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781555537302
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 T2354i 2012
Characteristics: xi, 385 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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This may have been th trial of the century. Sacco and Vanzetti, Italian American anarchists, were executed for murder on August 23, 1927 after a controversial trial and conviction.


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Library_Dragon Feb 14, 2013

A very comprehensive and readable account of Sacco and Vanzetti's ordeal. What a travesty of justice...

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