Daily Archives: August 23, 2010

Long Live Anarchy: Poets Respond to the Sacco-Vanzetti Case

On August 23, 1927, the state of Massachustetts executed Italian immigrants and anarchists Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for the alleged robbery-murder of a shoe factory paymaster and a security guard. Their deaths concluded one of the most scandalous and sensationalized legal battles in U.S. history. Sacco’s last words were “Long live anarchy.” Sacco’s and Vanzetti’s execution “elicited mass-protests in New York, London, Amsterdam and Tokyo, worker walk-outs across South America, and riots in Paris, Geneva, Germany and Johannesburg” and sparked numerous ideological debates all over the world. As with many high-profile events, numerous artists and poets have memorialized Sacco and Vanzetti’s story.

These poems are some examples of writers’ responses to the event.



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