In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti by Susan Tejada

By Susan Tejada

It used to be a daring and brutal crime-robbery and homicide in extensive sunlight at the streets of South Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1920. attempted for the crime and convicted, Italian-born employees, anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, went to the electrical chair in 1927, professing their innocence. Journalist Susan Tejada has spent years investigating the case, sifting via diaries and police experiences and interviewing descendants of significant figures. She discovers little-known proof approximately Sacco, Vanzetti, and their supporters, and develops a tantalizing concept approximately how a doomed insider could have been coerced into aiding expert criminals plan the heist.

Tejada's close-up view of the case permits readers to work out these concerned as person personalities. She additionally paints a desirable portrait of a bygone period: windfall gangsters and Boston Brahmins; night raids and nighttime bombings; and immigration, unionism, draft dodging, and violent anarchism within the turbulent early years of the 20 th century. in lots of methods this can be as a lot a cultural background as a true-crime secret or court docket drama. as the case performed out opposed to a history of household terrorism, in a time that echoes our personal, we have now a brand new appreciation of the capability connection among worry and the erosion of civil liberties and miscarriages of justice.

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