Sacco and Vanzetti: The Anarchist Background

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Princeton University Press, 1996 - History - 265 pages
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The Sacco-Vanzetti affair is the most famous and controversial case in American legal history. It divided the nation in the 1920s, and it has continued to arouse deep emotions, giving rise to an enormous literature. Few writers, however, have consulted anarchist sources for the wealth of information available there about the movement of which the defendants were a part. Now Paul Avrich, the preeminent American scholar of anarchism, looks at the case from this new and valuable perspective. This book treats a dramatic and hitherto neglected aspect of the cause célèbre that raised, according to Edmund Wilson, "almost every fundamental question of our political and social system."

  

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The few times growing up I heard about Sacco and Vanzetti, they were always described as a poor fish peddler and shoe smith who were victims of xenophobia and classism; innocent Italian immigrant who ... Read full review

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Several people have told me this is the best book ever written on American anarchism, so I finally read it. It's very thoroughly researched AND fun to read, which is a great combination. I read it in ... Read full review

Contents

Italian Childhoods
9
Free Country
21
Vanzetti
31
Anarchists
45
Mexico
58
Face to Face with the Enemy
93
Carlo and Ella
104
Deportations Delirium
122
Manhunt
165
The Spy
178
Death of Salsedo
188
The Arrest
196
Epilogue
208
Notes
219
Bibliography
249
Index
257

GoHead
137
Plain Words
149

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Page 4 - grave breach of official decorum" in his derogatory references to the defendants,3 nevertheless concluded that justice had been done. As events moved towards a climax, the case assumed international proportions, engaging the passions of men and women around the globe. Anatole France, in one of his last public utterances, pleaded with America to save Sacco and Vanzetti: "Save them for your honor, for the honor of your children and for the generations yet unborn."4 In vain.

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Paul Avrich was Professor of Russian History and Anarchism at Queens College, City University of New York.

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