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Death Comes for Sacco and Vanzetti Ninety years ago this August, more than 700 law enforcement officers stood guard in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston. It was August 22, 1927, and Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were scheduled … Continue reading

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Flowers in the Dark Summer. Time to cultivate one’s garden. Even in prison. “Officials from San Quentin in California to Rikers Island in New York have turned dusty patches into powerful metaphors for rebirth,” the Washington Post reports in a … Continue reading

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Definitely Not Bert and Ernie The story of Nick Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti has inspired historical and legal analyses, not to mention opera, ballet, folk songs, paintings, a graphic novel, documentary films, even musical comedy. And now comes the multimedia … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam August 23, 1927 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti

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“One White-Hot Mass” It happened fast. In April 1917, within a week of joining its allies to fight what was by then already a two-year-old war against Germany, the United States established the Committee on Public Information—the country’s first-ever effort, … Continue reading

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Bad Day at Braintree In 1920—on today’s date, April 15—the lives of four men changed forever. Fred Parmenter and Alessandro Berardelli crumpled and fell in a hail of bullets, mowed down by gunmen who seized the payroll cash the victims … Continue reading

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Renegade

Fred Moore, lead defense attorney for Sacco and Vanzetti, began to politicize their case months before the trial started. He ended up antagonizing almost everyone—the trial judge, the treasurer of the defense committee, even his own clients. And his personal … Continue reading

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“Agent of Death” for Sacco and Vanzetti

Last year the Innocence Project recorded a milestone. A Louisiana man who had been on death row for fifteen years became the three-hundredth wrongfully convicted person to be exonerated on the basis of DNA evidence. But science is not infallible. … Continue reading

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Boston’s Other Terrorists?

They were assimilated immigrants, self-radicalized followers of a firebrand philosopher who published bomb-making instructions. So yes, as some have asked: similarities do exist between Sacco and Vanzetti and brothers Tarmelan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of Boston Marathon bombing notoriety. Nick Sacco … Continue reading

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Indie Gold

In 1927, in his last known letter, Bartolomeo Vanzetti thanked a supporter for his efforts and asked him to study the Sacco-Vanzetti case so that “our fate may…serve as a tremendous lesson.” In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti is, I … Continue reading

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