Gockel International Symposium American Injustice: The Legacy of Sacco and Vanzetti

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The lives of two Italian immigrants, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, have inspired the imagination and provoked analysis and debates among the legal, literary, historical, and political communities for over 85 years. These men, dedicated anarchists, were tried, convicted, and executed for the murder of two people during a holdup and payroll robbery at a shoe factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts, on April 15, 1920. During the six years dating from their conviction in 1921 and through a series of appeals to their execution on August 23, 1927, their fate became the focus of intense debates about American justice, the capitalist system and governmental ethics.

This seminal event in U.S. and world history continues to resonate in popular culture, literature, songs, opera, both fine and folk art, the performing arts, and in law school curricula. Many aspects of this famous trial and its aftermath come to life in Peter Miller's award-winning documentary Sacco and Vanzetti. The film will establish a baseline for Vincenza Scarpaci to provide a broader appreciation of how Sacco and Vanzetti's story specifically impacted America of the 1920s through the 1950s and continues to serve as a measure in our contemporary world of Homeland Security, Guantanamo Bay, and the expansion of the category of terrorism to encompass tree-sitters and Green Peace advocates as well as freedom fighters.

Thursday, 19 September, 2013


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