Class Warfare

The rich are different from you and me.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said so more than half a century ago. If he were alive and saying the same thing during the election year of 2012, he’d be accused of inciting class warfare.

Sacco and Vanzetti, who had almost nothing else in common with Fitzgerald, would have agreed with his observation.

Life in the United States was good for “those who got money to spend, not for the working and laboring class,” Nicola Sacco said in 1921, at his trial.

As for Bartolomeo Vanzetti, after a few years in the United States, he said he learned that “class-consciousness was not a phrase invented by propagandists, but was a real, vital force.”

Below: Child laborers from the textile mills of Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1911.
(Library of Congress, Lewis Hine photograph)

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