In Search of Sacco & Vanzetti

In Search of Sacco & Vanzetti

Double Lives, Troubled Times, and the Massachusetts Murder Case That Shook the World

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"It was a bold and brutal crime--robbery and murder in broad daylight on the streets of South Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1920. Tried for the crime and convicted, two Italian-born laborers, anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, went to the electric chair in 1927, professing their innocence. Journalist Susan Tejada has spent years investigating the case, sifting through diaries and police reports and interviewing descendants of major figures. She discovers little-known facts about Sacco, Vanzetti, and their supporters, and develops a tantalizing theory about how a doomed insider may have been coerced into helping professional criminals plan the heist. The author takes a panoramic view of the case, allowing the reader to see the personalities as individuals. She also paints a fascinating portrait of a bygone era: Providence gangsters and Boston Brahmins; nighttime raids and midnight bombings; and immigration, unionism, draft dodging, and violent anarchism in the turbulent early years of the twentieth century. In many ways this is as much a cultural history as a true-crime mystery or courtroom drama. Because the case played out against a background of domestic terrorism, in a time that echoes our own, we have a new appreciation of the potential connection between fear and the erosion of civil liberties and miscarriages of justice." --Dust cover flaps.
Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781555537302
Call Number: 364.1523 TEJADA
Characteristics: xi, 385 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Subjects: Sacco, Nicola, 1891-1927.
Vanzetti, Bartolomeo, 1888-1927.
Anarchists -- United States -- Biography.
Murderers -- United States -- Biography.
Murder -- Investigation -- Massachusetts -- Case studies.
Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921.
True crime stories.‡2lcgft
Alternative Title: In search of Sacco and Vanzetti


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Library_Dragon Feb 14, 2013

A very comprehensive and readable account of Sacco and Vanzetti's ordeal. What a travesty of justice...


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