Compare And Contrast Sacco And Vanzetti

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When the Sacco and Vanzetti went to court they were found guilty because the jury and judge were biased, the one hundred and seven witnesses that saw Sacco and Vanzetti elsewhere were communist and they were both anarchists. When they appealed they all failed as the same judge who found them guilty heard the appeals. They were indicted of the crime on September 14, 1920, put on trial on May 31, 1921. and after almost seven weeks, on July 14, 1921, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were found guilty of murder in the first degree. They would be executed for this crime. Despite the prejudice appointed towards immigrants and members of communism there were many free thinkers that prompted demonstrations throughout the United States, as well as Europe and Latin America. American journalist Heywood Broun…show more content…
These radical political ideas were considered unacceptable in a society that was currently experiencing a deep hatred of undemocratic ideas. Coupled with their radical views, both Sacco and Vanzetti had to face the nativist ideas that permeated American society. Their political beliefs and ethnic backgrounds worked to their disadvantage. In fact, the presiding judge Webster Thayer made plain his hostility toward the defendants whom he referred to as "those anarchist bastards." (Boyer, 827) A large cause for the outcome of this trial was a surging postwar nativism that made way for prejudice and racism. Because the foreigners of America had different political ideas and came from countries that were seen as radical, the foreigners in America were judged and stereotyped. Socialism and Anarchism were popular in regions of Europe where many of America’s immigrants came from. With immigrants taking all of the American’s jobs, people were angry and scared at them. All of these reasons led people to be racist against Sacco and Vanzetti and ultimately leading to an unfair

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