Carol Vanderveer Hamilton

American writers and the Sacco-Vanzetti case - Carol Vanderveer Hamilton

A number of prominent American writers took up the cause of two Italian anarchists who were arrested for robbery and murder in 1927. The behavior and attitudes of these writers belie the dominant impression, fostered by the New Critics, that American modernism was utterly conservative in its political and social attitudes. Social class and notions of gender and race played a prominent role in how the case was represented by these writers and by the official media.