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Sacco and Vanzetti

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The trial and execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in Massachusetts in the 1920’s caused much tension within the US and around the world. After a very controversial trial that many people believed the verdict was due to prejudice and paranoia, Sacco and Vanzetti were executed on August 23, 1927. They were convicted in 1921 of murdering two men during a robbery in 1920 in Braintree. The Italian immigrants were anarchists that were part of the movement that was involved in bomb attacks on the US government. For six years the legal struggle pursued, and all attempts to gain a new trial were denied. The notorious case and its verdict is still debated today.

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