Thursday, April 3
Due to a scheduling conflict, “The Role of Tall Ships in the 21st Century” with Captain Richard Bailey has been postponed. However, we are delighted to present instead:
“What Earthly Good Would They Do Us Alive?” A Chronicle of the Sacco-Vanzetti Protests
Bill Bryson's current best seller One Summer - America 1927 is the chronicle of a pivotal moment in the nation's history -- Coolidge prosperity was flying high, Lindbergh was in air, Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs, the movies learned to talk with The Jazz Singer, and Italian anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti were executed at the Charlestown State Prison.
The international protests surrounding the death sentence for Sacco and Vanzetti, brought some of America's greatest writers to Boston. John Dos Passos, Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Katherine Anne Porter all took their turns on picket lines, speaking before committees or processing petitions. Katherine Anne Porter, author of the best-selling novel Ship of Fools, the classic study of the 1918 influenza epidemic Pale Horse, Pale Rider and short stories such as The Jilting of Granny Weatherall was one of the last surviving witnesses of the protest. She died in 1980. Her Sacco-Vanzetti memoir The Never-Ending Wrong appeared in the Atlantic Monthly on the 50th anniversary of the executions. She struggled with telling the story of the crime, trial and protests for 40 years, and personal her turmoil is a reflection of controversies over free speech and political affiliation in 20th-century America. She knew the FBI was watching closely.
Bring a lunch or buy one at our Patuxet Café. Discussion starts promptly at noon in the Accomack Building.
About Our Speaker: Richard Pickering is Plimoth Plantation's Deputy Director and a PhD candidate in English at the University of Connecticut Storrs. The Sacco-Vanzetti story has been part of his life since childhood. He grew up in Braintree where the bank robbery occurred, attended school near the location of the anarchists' arrest, and has lived in Plymouth where Bartolomeo Vanzetti worked at the Cordage Company and sold fish on the streets.
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