Sacco and Vanzetti

Sacco and Vanzetti by Ben Shahn, 1931-32

The judicial murder after a show trial of the Italian Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti engaged the attention of anarchists and civil rights activists in 1927. The case had been long drawn out and and their deaths were commemorated in following years around the world. Friends of Fantin published and distributed propaganda on the matter in Australia, and it is likely that Fantin himself was engaged in this activity. The painting reproduced here is by the American artist Ben Shan