Jane Addams to Calvin Coolidge, August 9, 1927



President Calvin Coolidge
Rapid City, South Dakota

Those of us long devoted to the Americanization of foreign-born citizens believe that clemency in the Sacco-Vanzetti case would afford a great opportunity for the healing of wounds and for a real [reconciliation] between the Anglo-Saxon and Latin peoples. Could you not as President of a nation of so varied origins urge the Governor of Massachusetts to commute the death penalty? I venture this because I realize that thousands of our humbler fellow-citizens feel as the French felt concerning Dreyfus, and ardently long that these men should also have their chance of possible vindication later.


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