Description: Ben Shahn was born in Lithuania in 1898 and his family emigrated to the US in 1904. He worked as a lithographer’s apprentice while he studied at night at New York University and the National Academy of Design. He was considered a Social Realist when he began painting. Much of his work was based on the news and issues of the day, in the ’20s. One of his most recognizable works concerns the murder trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, which many people believed to be prejudiced due to anti-Italian biases of the judge and jury.
*Ferdinando Nicola Sacco (April 22, 1891 – August 23, 1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (June 11, 1888 – August 23, 1927) were two Italian-born American laborers and anarchists who were tried, convicted and executed via electrocution on August 23, 1927 in Massachusetts for the 1920 armed robbery and murder of two pay-clerks in Braintree, Massachusetts.