Discusses the trial of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants who were tried and convicted for a murder that they did not appear to have committed.
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Gr 6-8-Monroe reviews the trial of two Italian immigrant anarchists convicted of murder during the Red Scare of the Twenties. Their guilt has long been in doubt and their trial has become symbolic of the intolerance and prejudice of the era. The author opens with a description of the crime for which the men were arrested, and then discusses the xenophobic, fearful atmosphere that developed following World War I. She details the often unfair trial and appeals process and concludes with an analysis of the legal mistakes and continuing controversy around the case, but leaves the ultimate decision about their guilt to readers. Monroe treats Sacco and Vanzetti fairly, explaining how their beliefs inspired fear in many citizens and how their rights were ignored or abused by the legal system. She also provides considerable background about the workings of the legal system and excerpts from testimony, which occasionally make for rather dry reading. The black-and-white photos scattered throughout the book add little to the text. Although this is a comprehensive examination of this case, many students will find the concise summary and clear analysis found in Betsy Kraft's Sensational Trials of the 20th Century (Scholastic, 1998) to be sufficient for their research needs.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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Reviewed with Freya Ottem Hanson's The Scopes Monkey Trial.
Gr. 6-10. Should evolution be taught in schools? Did Sacco and Vanzetti get a fair trial? Part of the Headline Court Cases series, these two books combine details of the courtroom drama with arguments about the crucial social and legal issues that are still relevant today. In the Scopes "monkey" trial much of the excitement came from the clash in the courtroom between two famous lawyers, atheist Clarence Darrow (who defended the teacher Scopes without charge) and William Jennings Bryan. Hanson also relates the evolution/creationism debate to the First Amendment issues raised by the trial, especially the separation of church and state and the right to free speech. Monroe's book is stronger in style, focusing both on the violation of Sacco and Vanzetti's rights and on what are fair and just proceedings in any trial, from arrest to indictment and arraignment. She ends with several discussion questions that will stimulate classroom debate, questions of court proceedings and of guilt and innocence. Both books include full source notes by chapter, a glossary, a chronology, a brief bibliography, and Internet addresses. Hazel Rochman
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Descrizione libro Enslow Publishers, 2000. Library Binding. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0766013871
Descrizione libro Enslow Publishers, 2000. Library Binding. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110766013871
Descrizione libro Enslow Publishers. LIBRARY BINDING. Condizione libro: New. 0766013871 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1296165