Nicola Sacco Reasearch project by sofi graham

Nicola Sacco was born in Torremaggiore, Italy on April 22, 1891. He immigrated to the United States when he was 17 years old. He settled in Massachusetts. He got a job in a shoe factory in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

Bartolomeo Vanzetti

Nicola met Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who was also an Italian immigrant, at an anarchist gathering, and they became close friends.

Anarchist: Person who believes in anarchy/absence of government.

When the name Nicola Sacco is mentioned, Bartolomeo Vanzetti is often thought of. The reasoning behind this leads to the significance of Nicola Sacco. On April 15, 1980, Nicola and Bartolomeo were convicted of murdering two men.

The men were involved in the robbery of Slater & Morill Shoe Company. During the robbery, Nicola and Bartolomeo were accused of murdering a security guard and a paymaster that worked at the shoe company. People already didn't trust the two because they were immigrants, and were anarchists. So, people quickly believed that the men were the ones to blame for the murder.

On May 5, 1920, the two men were proved guilty and charged with murder and robbery. Nicola was executed and died on August 27, 1927. The trial is remembered for its connection to the Anarchist Movement, and its impact on fair trials in America.

"You persecute to people, tyrannize over them, and kill them. You try to put a path between us and some other nationality that hates each other. This is why am here a day on this bench for having been the oppressed class."

-Nicola Sacco

Sources:

  • http://www.arthurashe.org/blog/the-sacco-and-vanzetti-case-and-its-impact
  • http://spartacus-educational.com/USAsaccoN.htm
  • http://biography.yourdictionary.com/sacco-and-vanzetti

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