Vanzetti: State-sponsored Murder as Mytardom

May 3, 2007

“If it had not been for these things, I might have lived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men. I might have died, unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. This is our career and our triumph. Never in our full life could we hope to do such work for tolerance, for justice, for man’s understanding of man as now we do by accident. Our words–our lives–our pains–nothing! The taking of our lives–lives of a good shoemaker and a poor fish-peddler–all! That last moment belongs to us–that agony is our triumph.”

by Bartolomeo Vanzetti – the Italian-American anarchist – on his immanent exocution.

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The judge in the case, Webster Thayer, stated to the jury “This man, (Vanzetti) although he may not have actually committed the crime attributed to him, is nevertheless culpable, because he is the enemy of our existing institutions.”

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