Moshik Temkin


On his book The Sacco-Vanzetti Affair: America on Trial

Cover Interview of March 04, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Sacco and Vanzetti were executed not in spite of global protest but because of it.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“I settled on the idea of writing about the Sacco-Vanzetti affair—as opposed to their case—because it represented a story of how American, European, and other international concerns intersected at a particularly combustible and fascinating moment in history.”

On the second:

“Foreign pressure on American authorities—which included everything from riots in the streets, peaceful demonstrations, angry editorials, respectable petitions, appeals from heads of states—both gave Sacco and Vanzetti their chance at clemency and sealed their fate.”