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The Black Flag (Routledge Revivals)

A look back at the strange case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti

By Brian Jackson

Routledge – 1981 – 208 pages

Series: Routledge Revivals

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Description

First published in 1981, this book reassesses the case of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists living in Boston in 1920. The pair were accused of a payroll robbery and the murder of two guards for which they were arrested and, after a long trial based on inadequate and prejudiced evidence, executed in 1927. In 1977, on the fiftieth anniversary of their deaths, the Commonwealth of Massachusettes issued a proclamation which acknowledged a miscarriage of justice. The Black Flag provides an account of the controversial trial and a re-evaluation of the celebrated case of the Commonwealth’s decision. Brian Jackson puts the trial in the social context of the period and exposes the nature of anarchism by looking at the lives of two of its exponents, resulting in a moving exploration of a series of events that continue to trouble the conscience of America.

Contents

Prelude; Acknowledgements; Part I: A winter’s tale 1. Christmas Eve 1919 2. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti 3. A crime punishable by death 4. Cross-examination 5. Eels and the electric chair 6. In Death Row; Interlude: A long shadow Part II: Half a Century Later 7. In State House 8. Little secrets in little boxes 9. ‘There seemed to be no doubt at all’ 10. ‘Have you agreed upon your verdict?’ 11. Culture or anarchy 12. ‘The storming of heaven’

Name: The Black Flag (Routledge Revivals): A look back at the strange case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Brian Jackson. First published in 1981, this book reassesses the case of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists living in Boston in 1920. The pair were accused of a payroll robbery and the murder of two guards for which they were arrested and, after a...
Categories: Anarchism, Criminal Justice - Criminology, Crime and Society