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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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One Midnight in August Eighty-five years ago next week, on August 23, 1927, Nick Sacco, age 36—husband, father, shoemaker, anarchist—was strapped down into the Massachusetts electric chair and executed for murder, a crime of which he had been convicted despite … Continue reading

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Progress The collision of old and new technology is striking in the story of Sacco and Vanzetti—at least when it comes to cars, coal, and capital punishment. In 1920 not all law enforcement officials had cars, or even knew how … Continue reading

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