Kevin G. Boyle
Humanities Distinguished Professor
Department of History
The Ohio State University
It’s been eighty years since the Commonwealth of Massachusetts executed two immigrant workingmen, Nicolo Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, for a murder they didn’t commit. Since then their story has become one of modern America’s great morality tales, a straight-forward symbol of justice warped, denied, and defiled.
This lecture will offer a different reading of the iconic case. Beginning on the day the two men died, it will move back in time to tell a story that weaves together political extremism, terrorism, and government repression, a story not of innocence but of hatred, violence and betrayal. A somber tale from — and for — an age of fear.