Sacco and Vanzetti – song by Woody Guthrie & David Rovics
Sacco and Vanzetti were immigrants, workers, and anarchists, who were tried and convicted in 1921 for the armed robbery and murder of two payroll guards. After 7 years of legal appeals and international protest, the two men were finally executed on August 23, 1927 in Boston for a crime that many felt they did not commit and by a judicial system that was patently biased and unjust. In his lecture Howard Zinn will indicate the relevance of the Sacco and Vanzetti Case for America today.
The Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society
Preface to Boston: A novel by Upton Sinclair.
The decision to write this novel was taken at nine-thirty p.m. (Pacific Coast time), August 22nd, 1927: the occasion being receipt of a telephone message from a newspaper, to the effect that Sacco and Vanzetti were dead. It seemed to the writer that the world would want to know the truth about this case; nd his judgement proved correct, because there began a flood of cablegrams and letters from five continents, asking him to do the very thing he had decided upon.
A “contemporary historical novel” is an unusual art-form, and may call for explanation. So far as concerns the two individuals, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, this book is not fiction, but an effort at history; everything they are represented as doing they actually did, and their words have been taken from their letters, or from the dictation of friends and enemies. All others who played important parts in this drama likewise appear as they were, and under their own names.
Paralleling the Sacco-Vanzetti case throughout the book is a story of business and high finance which will be recognised as a famous law case recently carried to the United States Supreme Court. I have used the incidents of this case as material for my fiction; but the characters which I have invented to enact this story are wholly fictitious, and bear no relation to the real persons in this case, who are entirely unknown to me. There is one simple rule for guidance in reading the novel: the characters who are real persons bear real names, while those who bear fictitious names are fictitious characters.
The Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti by Joan Baez