Anarchist historian Paul Avrich reviews "The End of anarchism?" by Lugi Galleani.
The career of Luigi Galleani involves a paradox.
A New York Times article dated 23 August, 1927 on the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Venzetti .
Walk to Death Calmly
Sacco Cries 'Long Live Anarchy'; Vanzetti Insists on His Innocence
Warden Can Only Whisper
Much Affected as the Long-Delayed Execution Is Carried Out
Madeiros First to Die
Machine Guns Bristle, Search Lights Glare During Execution -- Crowds Kept Far From Prison
From a Staff Correspondent of THE NEW YORK TIMES
Reading literature can be a drag at times so here is some visual content and music to compliment the modest archive at libcom.org on Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.
Just in case you don't know who Sacco and Vanzetti were, they were two anarchist Italian immigrants residing in the U.S. who, amid a climate of Red-baiting and jingoism, stood accused of a robbery and murder based on rumour, circumstantial and contradictory evidence. The pair were imprisoned, subjected to unfair trials and eventually executed on 23 August, 1927.
The LA Times reported in December 2005 that Upton Sinclair had allegedly written in a letter that an attorney for Sacco and Vanzetti, Fred Moore, had confided to him of his clients' guilt. Many conservative commentators responded by issuing blanket condemnations of the left's support for various political prisoners. In light of this, Sonali Kolhatkar and Gabriel Roman spoke with the now late historian Howard Zinn, who wrote the introduction for the reissue of Sinclair's novel Boston, about the significance of the alleged Sinclair letter.
Kolhatkar: What was the significance of the Sacco-Vanzetti case when it happened? What was its significance to social movements in the United States?
An article by the late Howard Zinn on the significance of the lives and executions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti today.
Fifty years after the executions of Italian immigrants Sacco and Vanzetti, Governor Dukakis of Massachusetts set up a panel to judge the fairness of the trial, and the conclusion was that the two men had not received a fair trial. This aroused a minor storm in Boston.
Two articles by John Timberman Newcomb and Elizabeth Majeruson respectively on "Justice Denied in Massachusettes" and the politicization of its author poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, both of which were sparked by the Sacco-Vanzetti case.
Millay was particularly well positioned to have an impact on the politics of twentieth-century poetry because she was seen by many as a prototype of the "modern woman," especially in her assertion of the right to and need for female self-determination of body, mind, pocketbook, and voice.