Anti-Immigrant Hysteria: Then and Now

The black-and-white photo below pictures a moment in the  round-up of immigrants in America 100 years ago. The suspicious ‘outsiders’ are white-skinned people from southern and eastern Europe — Italians, Jews, Poles, Russians, Greeks, Serbs, Ukrainians, Lithuanians. The mass round-up … Continue reading →

Sacco and Vanzetti in a Time of Trump

It’s a New Year. I hope 2017 is not the year in which we say goodbye to the two century-plus long experiment in American democracy. Or, equally as worrying, the beginning of a political breakdown that will lead to social … Continue reading →

Historical Echoes of Sacco and Vanzetti at Pilgrim Hall in Plymouth, Mass.

My thanks to Pilgrim Hall, to all the folks who turned out for my ‘speak and read’ on “Suosso’s Lane” last night, and to director Donna Curtin who gave me a spot in the museum’s busy fall program schedule. Once … Continue reading →

New Bookstore Hosts Sacco-Vanzetti Program

Boston’s North End, an Italian-American neighborhood for a hundred years, was hopping on a Tuesday evening last week. The neighborhood’s new book store, I AM, hosted a program that included long-suppressed film footage of the Sacco-Vanzetti funeral march, a reading … Continue reading →

I’ll Be Speaking at a New Bookstore in Boston

I’ll be speaking on my novel “Suosso’s Lane” at the I AM bookstore, 189 North St., just off Revere Square in the North End of Boston, on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m. A new store, I AM describes itself as … Continue reading →

Robert Knox, author of ‘Suosso’s Lane,’ to speak at Sacco-Vanzetti Commemoration

Looking backward, looking forward. Both directions giving similar signals. The execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, whose real-life journeys of commitment and tragic ends are the basis for my fictional account in “Suosso’s Lane,” took place 89 years ago on Aug. … Continue reading →

100 Years Ago, Wartime Inflation Causes Strikes

1916, the year Americans re-elected Woodrow Wilson — and Wilson promised to keep America out of war — was the year that workers at the Plymouth Cordage Company, the world’s leading ropemaker, went on strike for higher pay. At the … Continue reading →

I’ll Be Speaking in Carver this Saturday, May 14

I’ll be speaking about “Suosso’s Lane,” a novel about the Sacco-Vanzetti case, and reading a few excerpts at the Carver Library, 2 Meadowbrook Way (Carver MA) on Saturday, May 14, at 1 p.m. in the large meeting room. Here’s the … Continue reading →

Novel Stirs Immigration Memories

Sixty-five people turned up for my Authors Series program in Kingston last week, certainly more than I anticipated. It was a great evening, though I botched the challenge of holding a microphone in one hand while speaking — especially while … Continue reading →