RADICALS: In Charlestown

After seven years of premeditation, blood was shed beside a so-called cradle of American liberty, Boston. The shedding of blood causes restlessness. The restlessness caused by this particular bloodshed was exceptionally widespread, gloomy and violent because, in seven years, a seed of doubt can grow into a harvest of sincere conviction; and because this particular harvest of conviction had been fertilized by the animus of two irreconcilable philosophies of life, SOCIALISM and CAPITALISM.

Execution. Guilty or not, justly or not, Nicola Sacco, clean-shaven factory worker and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, mustachioed fish-peddler,...

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