A collection of 37 issues, possibly all published, of the irregularly distributed Italian-language anarchist newspaper, edited by Aldino Felicani, as an attempt to raise funds for the defense of Sacco and Vanzetti, each issue devoted to the latest developments in the landmark case, with scattered illustrations, primarily from photographs. Some moderate wear, toning, brittle newsprint with some minor chipping and marginal tears, some issues with splitting along fold, overall good. Folio. Self-wrpps., loose as issued. Boston, 1920-1925.
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were two Italian migrant anarchists who were convicted of mudering two employees during the April 15, 1920 armed robbery of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in Braintree, Massachusetts. After only a few hours of deliberation, on July 14, 1921, the jury convicted them both of first-degree murder, and they were sentenced to death. Anti-Italianism and an anti-immigrant bias were suspected as having affected the verdict. A series of appeals followed, largely funded by the Sacco and Vanzetti Defense Committee, and based on recanted testimony, ballistics evidence, and an a confession from an alleged participant in the robbery. All appeals were denied, but by 1926 the case had become international news. Many suspected the men's innocence. In 1927, protests were held on their behalf throughout North America and Europe, as well as in Tokyo, Melbourne, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Montevideo, Johannesburg, and Auckland. In response, Massachusetts governor Alvan T. Fuller appointed a three-man commission to investigate the case, but after weeks of deliberation, they decided to uphold the verdict, and on August 23, 1927, both men electrocuted via the electric chair at Charlestown State Prison.
An incredibly scarce collection; we are aware of a few issues held at one North American institution, but as of OCtober 2019 were not able to find any other listings via WorldCat. Book ID: 50272