The Sacco-Vanzetti case caused a world-wide sensation in the 1920’s. Two Italian immigrants; Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco - both avowed anarchists - were convicted in a Massachusetts courtroom in 1921 for the robbery and murder of a paymaster and his guard in South Braintree. They would spend the next six years languishing in jail while making motion after motion for new trials. After all legal avenues were exhausted they were both sentenced to die. On August 23rd, 1927, amid national and international demonstrations and protests, Sacco and Vanzetti were put to death on the electric chair at Charlestown State Prison.
The Sacco-Vanzetti Revisited lecture/slide presentation contains period photographs of all the major players in the case, the locations of the robberies, the courthouse, the massive demonstrations, Charlestown State Prison and the funeral procession down Hanover Street in Boston. Many of these photographs are rare and are not published anywhere. There is a special Hopedale connection!
Mr. Daley is currently a history teacher in the Silver Lake Regional School System in Kingston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. and a M.A. from Bridgewater State University in Political Science and History. He has been lecturing all over New England for over 25 years on historical topics of interest. His latest book "Murder and Mayhem in Boston: Historic Crimes in the Hub" can be reserved through the library.
There is no charge for this program. To reserve your spot please stop by the Bancroft Memorial Library upstairs reservation desk or call 508-634-2209. You do not need to be a member of the Friends to attend.