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Sorrowful Centennial, part 2: The Trial Begins On May 31, 1921, one hundred years ago, the trial of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti on charges of robbery and murder began in a Massachusetts courthouse. The trial would become notorious for … Continue reading

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Sorrowful Centennial A hundred years ago today, on April 15, 1920, Bartolomeo Vanzetti wheeled his pushcart through the streets of Plymouth, Massachusetts, offering fish for sale. Then he purchased some men’s suit fabric from a traveling salesman, and chatted with … Continue reading

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New Podcast on the Sacco-Vanzetti Case Ninety-nine years ago. That’s when Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested in Massachusetts for a crime they almost surely did not commit. They were convicted, but they “did not receive a fair trial,” … Continue reading

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Yes, Sadly, It Has Happened Here Before As I write this on Friday afternoon, October 26, 2018, thirteen package bombs have been discovered so far this week, mailed to prominent critics of Donald Trump whom he likes to denounce, disparage, … Continue reading

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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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