Justice Denied: Ben Shahn and the Case of Sacco and Vanzetti

Ben Shahn  Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti, 1958 screenprint in black and brown National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C. Ben Shahn Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti, 1958 screenprint in black and brown National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C.

“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.*Statement attributed to Vanzetti by Philip D. Stong, a reporter for the North American Newspaper Alliance who visited Vanzetti in prison in May of 1927 shortly before he and Sacco were executed.

Bartolomeo Vanzetti was born on June 11, 1888 in Villafalletto in the Province of Cuneo (Piedmont). Nicola Sacco was born on

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