Historical Inquiry: The Sacco-Vanzetti Case
Jones, Charles Alvin
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A legacy of the Sacco-Vanzetti case to society was its demonstration that there existed a cleavage in it. Was the separation along Marxian lines? Some saw it that way. The real line, however, was between those who had somehow grasped the concept of democracy and those who had not. Through this case, some came to realize, even if subconsciously, that a democracy was a challenge which could not be avoided, a responsibility that could not be shirked. They realized the truth tha t government is only a tool for society which can and must be discarded if it is shown to be unjust or unworkable. That is the lesson of the Sacco-Vanzetti case.