Sacco and Vanzetti Saga Continues to Draw Ire, Intrigue

A 20th-century trial that led to the execution of two Italian Americans resonates even today.

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The Biggest Trial of the 1920s Continues to Resonate

Sacco and Vanzetti were on trial for their Italianness and their political leanings as much as for their alleged crimes

People have been asking if Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were guilty of the crime for which they were executed for almost a hundred years.

The two Italian-American men were each charged with two counts of murder relating to an armed robbery in Massachusetts, in which $15,000 was stolen–they both pled not guilty. Their trial was the event of the decade, according to many sources–it had political intrigue, anti-Italian racism, and drama inside and outside the courtroom over whether these two men had been unfairly accused.

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Bartolomeo Vanzetti (left) and Nicola Sacco (right) in the midst of the 1920s trial that captivated the world and consumed their lives.

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