The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti


Today in labor history: On May 31st 1921 the trial of Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco began in Dedham Massachusetts. The trial was widely held to be unfair and both were executed. Sacco and Venzetti were both Italian anarchists. The trial unleashed a wave of anti-immigrant and anti-left hysteria. Their case became a cause celebre in the labor and democratic movement in the U.S. and worldwide. On the 50th anniversary of their execution then Governor Michael Dukakis isssued a proclamation declaring August 23 Sacco and Venzetti day. The proclamation decried the unfairness of their trial and removed any disgrace associated with their names.

Long live Sacco and Venzetti and the right to a fair trial!


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  • Author, Susan Tejada, a journalist and writer, serving as an editor at the National Geographic Society for many years and as editor-in-chief of World, has recently had published by Northeastern University Press, her book, In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti:
    Double Lives, Troubled Times, and the Massachusetts Murder Case That Shook the World. Highly acclaimed by Booklist-Online with the following review;

    “This is a terrific reexamination of the Sacco and Vanzetti case by journalist Tejada, whose lively writing and reporter’s eye offer a fresh, invigorating perspective on otherwise familiar characters and historical episodes. She brings the suspense and engagement of a good thriller to the events surrounding the April 1920 murders of a Massachusetts paymaster and security guard. . . . Her examination of the case and her “alternative theory” of their guilt or innocence are both compelling. . . . In the process, she has also written a very entertaining and perceptive history of early twentieth-century radicalism, anarchism, the Wobblies, and the American Labor Movement.”

    To read more about the book, go to

    Posted by Lori Stammer, 05/31/2012 10:13am (4 years ago)

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