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Sacco and Vanzetti in Court

14 July 1921
BG A53/90

On 14 July 1921 the trial against Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti began in Massachusetts. They were accused of murder in the course of robbery. From the very start it was clear that political motives influenced the administration of justice. The accused, as anarchists and immigrants, did not seem to have a chance.  A wave of protest demonstrations throughout the world had no effect, as the judges denied new trial. They were eventually executed on 23 August 1927. In their lifetimes, Sacco and Vanzetti had become martyrs, and they still are.