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Sacco and Vanzetti. Background. Italian born Immigrated to the U.S. Anarchists As Italian immigrants and anarchists, both adhered to a movement that advocated relentless warfare against a violent and oppressive government . Massachusetts Factory ROBBED.

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background
Background
  • Italian born
  • Immigrated to the U.S.
  • Anarchists
    • As Italian immigrants and anarchists, both adhered to a movement that advocated relentless warfare against a violent and oppressive government.
massachusetts factory robbed
Massachusetts Factory ROBBED
  • 2 People were murdered in the robbery
  • Sacco and Vanzetti were blamed
  • WHY????
    • Guns were similar
    • Targeted by Nativists
    • Assumed they were both violent
controversial trial
Controversial Trial
  • Witnesses said that S & V were NOT in the city at the time of the murders
  • Men owned similar guns to the murder weapons
    • BUT: Ballistics evidence said that they WERE NOT the murder weapons
both men found guilty
BOTH MEN FOUND GUILTY!!!!
  • Jury deliberated for 5 hours
    • Both men found guilty of murder
    • Both men sentenced to death by ELECTRIC CHAIR
    • 6 Appeals
were they really guilty
Were they really guilty?
  • Research later indicated (1961) that Sacco probably was guilty of the murders and probably had Vanzetti\'s help in the robbery, although we are not completely sure
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