Kill Now, Talk Forever: Debating Sacco and Vanzetti

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Nicola Sacco, Richard Newby, Bartolomeo Vanzetti
AuthorHouse, 2006 - History - 664 pages
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Did Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti murder two men in South Braintree, Massachusetts on April 15, 1920? At their joint trial, alibi witnesses testified Vanzetti was selling fish that day in North Plymouth. Other alibi witnesses testified that they saw Sacco in Boston that day. What is the truth? Did the Dedham jury--12 men of New England culture--have evidence for conviction? Or did their guilty verdict in 1921 stem from a deeply rooted bias against these two Italian immigrants who militantly pursued their anarchist-communist goals? Were Saco and Vanzetti innocent men? Did Governor Fuller refuse to stop their execution in 1927 because Massachusetts wanted to strike back at radical aliens who set off bombs in U.S. cities in the Red Scare of 1919? Why did so many intellectuals believe the men innocent? Answers to these questions are in the transcripts of the trial. This handbook reprints all critical testimony from the trial as well as major items from the 80-year debate. 52 questions help you sort out the experts--those who are right and those who are wrong on the trial verdict. "Kill Now, Talk Forever" is cited in the 5th edition of AFTER THE FACT: THE ART OF HISTORICAL DETECTION (2005), by James West Davidson and Mark Hamilton.
  

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Contents

Adler Adler Letter to Ramsey Clark June 25 1970 The Douglas
xx
LETTER FROM FRANCIS RUSSELL
xxiii
INTRODUCTION
xxix
CHRONOLOGY
xxxix
EVIDENCE BY THE COMMONWEALTH
1
American Civil Liberties Union To American Friends of Justice
2
THE PLYMOUTH TRAIN
15
Professor Richard Newby
30
THE PLYMOUTH TRAIN AGAIN
239
VANZETTIS H R REVOLVER
245
VANZETTIS ALIBI WITNESSES
257
TESTIMONY OF BARTOLOMEO VANZETTI
281
VANZETTIS NEW YORK TRIP
309
THE KELLEYS
313
SACCOS ALIBI WITNESSES
319
TESTIMONY OF NICOLA SACCO
345

WITNESSES AT GROUND LEVEL
31
WITNESSES AT FACTORY WINDOWS
47
THE ESCAPING BANDIT CAR
59
THE ABANDONED BUICK AND STOLEN PLATES
69
ARREST ON THE STREETCAR
95
THE LORING CAP AND BERARDELLIS GUN
109
POLICE CHIEF MICHAEL STEWART
121
SUPERINTENDENTS KELLEY AND FRAHER
127
THE COMMONWEALTHS BALLISTICS EXPERTS
135
CONCLUSION OF COMMONWEALTH CASE
153
OPENING STATEMENT AND M I T PROFESSOR
169
LOLA ANDREWS IMPEACHED
175
EYEWITNESSES ON PEARL STREET
181
LOUIS PELSER IMPEACHED
191
THE ESCAPING BANDIT CAR AGAIN
203
LEVANGIE IMPEACHED
221
DEFENSES BALLISTICS EXPERTS
225
gave a lecture at Brandeis on the case discovered there that
228
FINAL WITNESSES
391
REBUTTAL
399
ATWATER TELLS HIS DEDHAM TRIAL STORY
409
REPLY TO REBUTTAL
410
PALMERS LETTER TO KATZMANN
413
CLOSING ARGUMENTS
414
CHARGE TO THE URY
442
THE VERDICT
453
FRANKFURTERS OXFORD LETTER TO BORCHARD
506
THIRD GENERATION CRITICS
557
PROLEGOMENA TO THE STUDY OF RANNEY
594
2001
600
Ed See paragraph 3 of this letter on p 612
612
Yours sincerely
619
See Wyzanski p 576 See pp 2 630 650
630
UPTON SINCLAIR LETTER TO IOHN BEARDSLEY
634
INDEX
658
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Richard Newby was born on 15 June 1924 in Bridgeton, Indiana . He grew up in Ridge Farm, Illinois He served on the USS Bennington in WW II. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English in 1950 and 1953 from Southern Illinois University and his Ph. D. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1970. After Newby joined the Illinois State University faculty in 1958, he developed a keener understanding of people during his 13-year stint, 1976-1989, as teacher of creative writing. His work in judging short stories by ISU students proved to be excellent training for the warring Sacco and Vanzetti arena. On 14 June 1988, Newby told the Managing Editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica that Britannica must revise its entry on Sacco and Vanzetti because the appended bibliography was biased. On November 2, 1990, Britannica''s General Editor Robert McHenry told Newby that the entry on Sacco and Vanzetti and the appended bibliography were revised in April 1990; and he assured Newby these revisions would be in Britannica''s 1991 printing. In 1990, Newby began reading widely on the Sacco and Vanzetti case. In April 1993 he bought Paul P. Appel''s six volumes on the Plymouth and Dedham trials. He bought twenty additional books on the case. In May 2003, Newby found new evidence on Sacco and Vanzetti in two newspapers: The Eastern Gazette, a weekly published in Dexter, Maine, and the Bangor Daily News . Both newspapers (1914) gave an account of the fire that gutted the grocery store of Frank N. Morgridge in Dexter, Maine, on 1 February 1914 . Newby claims this fire, never mentioned in the 1921 Dedham trial, sharpens the debate on Vanzetti''s revolver. To date, Newby has not found a U. S. history textbook that mentions this fire. On 19 April 2004, Newby published Sacco & Vanzetti: Were They Really Innocent? at History News Network online ( George Mason University ). In this article, Newby presents a summary of important events in the Sacco and Vanzetti debate, noting ballistics tests and the relevant Morgridge fire.

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