Sacco and Vanzetti

Upton Sinclair's letter to John Beardsley (29 August, 1929)

The letter below written by Upton Sinclair is one that was much quoted by conservative commentators, such as Jean O. Pasco, Jonah Goldberg and Jack Cashill, to prove Sacco's and Vanzetti's guilt. Read for yourselves whether they were truthful in their journalism.

Reexamining the Sacco-Vanzetti Case - Howard Zinn

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.

Sacco and Vanzetti - Howard Zinn

An article by the late Howard Zinn on the significance of the lives and executions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti today.

On Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Justice Denied in Massachusettes"

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.

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.

The story of a proletarian life - Bartolomeo Vanzetti

A short autobiography by famous Italian-American anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti, half of Sacco and Vanzetti, who were framed and sent to the electric chair because of their beliefs in 1927.

1916-1927: The execution of Sacco and Vanzetti

Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti

The story of two Italian-born anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, framed for murder and then executed for their beliefs.

Sacco and Vanzetti

A reflection on the anniversary of the deaths of Sacco and Vanzetti - by Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman [Published in The Road to Freedom (New York), Vol. 5, Aug. 1929.]