Points of Departure

Framing Sacco and Vanzetti by Sara Hirschhorn One fall day in 1971, Neil Thomas Proto had an epiphany. It wasn?t about God, or Vietnam, or flower power, or love. For the George Washington University law student, studying the execution of two Italian-American shopkeepers for robbery and murder in a Boston prison on August 23, 1927, … Continue reading Points of Departure

Framing Sacco and Vanzetti by Sara Hirschhorn One fall day in 1971, Neil Thomas Proto had an epiphany. It wasn?t about God, or Vietnam, or flower power, or love. For the George Washington University law student, studying the execution of two Italian-American shopkeepers for robbery and murder in a Boston prison on August 23, 1927, was an awakening. Proto recalls hearing a few conversations about the case in a class and going to see a recently released film on the subject (the one with the. . . Read more
Sara Hirschhorn
Grumpy Old Men

At first glance, the 85-year-old members of the Class of 1937 don’t look like rabble-rousers. Twenty-five years after their graduation, 88 percent were happily married, 85 percent were regular churchgoers, and 71 percent were registered Republicans; they believed in fighting for their country, owning two cars, and the fact that they would be bald in … Continue reading Grumpy Old Men

At first glance, the 85-year-old members of the Class of 1937 don’t look like rabble-rousers. Twenty-five years after their graduation, 88 percent were happily married, 85 percent were regular churchgoers, and 71 percent were registered Republicans; they believed in fighting for their country, owning two cars, and the fact that they would be bald in ten years. By 1999, not much had changed. But in October of that year, the Class of 1937 took up arms against its alma mater. Why are these rebels not. . . Read more
Sara Hirschhorn