Bartolomeo Vanzetti By: CarDin Nguyen

Vanzetti and Sacco

Vanzetti' life

Vanzetti was born on June 11, 1888, and was a Italian immigrant and settled in Plymouth, when he was 20 years old. He worked as a fish peddler. Vanzetti was shocked by the way working class immigrants were treated in America, and became a left wing politicians. He went to anarchist meetings, and that's how he met his partner Nicola Sacco, they soon became friends, and attended political meetings together.

Like many left wing politcs, Vanzetti and Sacco were against the First World War, so they took part in protest meetings and when the U.S. began involvement in the war, they both fled to Mexico in order not to be drafted in the war.

Their crimes together

On May 5th, 1920, both men were arrested and interviewed about the murders of Fredrick Parmenter, and Alessandro Berardelli. After they had even shot, the robbers of the bank, drove away with $15,000. Both men were found guilty. Even though Vanzetti and Sacco had no criminal records, they believed they did it for a anarchist campaign.

Both men were sent to be executed on August 23rd, 1927. On the day of their execution, there were 250,000 people watching in silence. Many people were outraged and said that the trail wasn't fair. Many people confessed that they were part of the murder before, but authorities didn't listen.

"If it had not been for this thing, I might have lived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men. I might have died, unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. This is our career and our triumph. Never in our full life can we hope to do such work for tolerance, justice, for man's understanding of man, as now we do by accident. Our words - our lives - our pains - nothing! The taking of our lives - lives of a good shoemaker and a poor fish peddler - all! That last moment belong to us - that agony is our triumph." - Bartolomeo Vanzetti

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