Their political orientation is clear; they support and identify with Sacco and Vanzetti
, they oppose and otherize the agents of the judicial system, they oppose the verdict and the sentence and the execution.
The global Sacco and Vanzetti
solidarity movement was the largest and most militant transnational campaign of the left in the 1920s.
Many would say that, in the vindictive atmosphere of the era, Sacco and Vanzetti
were doomed from the moment the trial commenced.
The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti
in 1921 came at a moment in American history in some ways similar to our own, when the country feared a lethal threat from abroad.
Sacco and Vanzetti
, Bruce Watson's spirited history of the affair, does a great service in rescuing fact from the haze of legend and disentangling Sacco and Vanzetti
from the symbols they all too quickly became .
The specter of an imported brand of foreign radicalism, seemingly confirmed by the robbery and murder convictions of Italian-born anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti
, loomed over the nation's urban centers.
In parts two and three are essays written while Sacco and Vanzetti
were still alive and a cause celebre supported by such well-known authors as John Dos Passos, Eugene Debs.
cummings (as well as John Housman, Dorothy Parker, William Shakespeare, and Walt Whitman) settings, along with still more excerpts from Reuben Reuben, Juno, and Sacco and Vanzetti
They still show or rather perform the story of Sacco and Vanzetti
, which when I was little sounded to me like a single name.
While Jolson might have been a bit boorish and sure, Rothstein the gangster had to have a few folks--well, neutralized--it was only the lawyer Frankfurter who betrayed Jews by embracing the radical politics of Sacco and Vanzetti
(which, incidentally, he never did).
He looks at bookmaker/gambler Arnold Rothstein who aligned himself with gambling culture, leftist jurist Felix Frankfurter who supported Italian immigrants and criminals Sacco and Vanzetti
, and singer
Likewise, Alexander claims that Jews identified with Sacco and Vanzetti
because the accused anarchists were outsiders, and that this identification therefore demonstrated a Jewish desire to resist assimilation.