Sacco and Vanzetti

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  • On April 15, 1920,there was an armed robbery at the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in South Braintree, Massachusetts.
  • A guard and paymaster were murdered.
  • Two Italian-born American anarchists by the names of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted and found guilty of murder of the first degree
  • Seven years later, they were executed by electric chair at Charlestown State Prison.
  • However, this was quite a controversial case, as there was a lot of contradictory evidence, for and against their case. Many people believed Sacco and Vanzetti to be innocent.
  • Even today, there is still controversy over whether or not they were guilty, or just easy targets in the chaos and fear of communism and immigrants of the age.
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