In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti: Double Lives, Troubled Times, and the Massachusetts Murder Case That Shook the World

In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti: Double Lives, Troubled Times, and the Massachusetts Murder Case That Shook the World

by Susan Tejada

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Overview

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.Tejada's close-up view of the case allows readers to see those involved as individual personalities. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555537784
Publisher: Northeastern University Press
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 537,140
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

SUSAN TEJADA is a journalist and writer, serving as an editor at the National Geographic Society for many years and as editor-in-chief of World.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on the Text
Sudden Death
“This Human Flotsam”
Crime Wave
“Organize! O Toilers”
Constructing a Case
“Conscription Was Upon Them”
Dry Run at Plymouth
“Terrorist Plot Is Seen”
Dedham: Curtain Rising
Docket Nos. 5545 and 5546
Dedham: Curtain Falling
Prison Crucible
Battles In and Out of Court
Clinging to Razor Blades
Groundswell
Brink
Afterlives
Two Mysteries
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations Used in the Notes
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

What People are Saying About This

Candice Millard

“In her gripping and vigorously researched book, Susan Tejada tells the story of Sacco and Vanzetti as it’s never been told before. In Tejada’s hands, this is a tale not of one tragedy but two men, whose guilt or innocence, even eighty-five years after their execution, remains a tantalizing mystery.”

From the Publisher

"In her gripping and vigorously researched book, Susan Tejada tells the story of Sacco and Vanzetti as it's never been told before. In Tejada's hands, this is a tale not of one tragedy but two men, whose guilt or innocence, even eighty-five years after their execution, remains a tantalizing mystery."—Candice Millard, author of Destiny of the Republic

"Susan Tejada gives us Sacco and Vanzetti as real human beings ripe with complexity, which makes their sad case all the more compelling. In the process, she opens a window on a younger America, and presents this cause célèbre case as what it is, a classic drama of an unsolved crime cutting so close to society's rawest nerves that it can still spark heated arguments a century later. This is an important story told well."—Kenneth D. Ackerman, author of Young J. Edgar: Hoover and the Red Scare, 1919–1920

Kenneth D. Ackerman

“Susan Tejada gives us Sacco and Vanzetti as real human beings ripe with complexity, which makes their sad case all the more compelling. In the process, she opens a window on a younger America, and presents this cause célèbre case as what it is, a classic drama of an unsolved crime cutting so close to society’s rawest nerves that it can still spark heated arguments a century later. This is an important story told well.”

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I really enjoyed this book. The author made you feel like you front and center into one of the most controversial cases in American history. Objectively written and researched. Truly enjoyed it!
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