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Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti

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Transcript of Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti

Presented By: Hannah and Jordan Red Scare Communism Anarchism First Red Scare shoemaker and fish peddler A period of general fear of
communism and anarchism support of no one individual
owning businesses, rather
the government owning
production support of a stateless society
(no states or state control) 1919-1921 Nicola Sacco and
Bartolomeo Vanzetti The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti Recent Russian revolution Big strikes in the American
workplaces Italian immigrants Known as dedicated supporters of anarchism Extensively involved in labor strikes and antiwar propaganda Evidence Piece #1 Several eyewitnesses of two Italians with descriptions closely relating to Sacco and Vanzetti, but some of the eyewitnesses were "not sure". Evidence Piece #2 Some of the recovered
bullets could not have
come from Sacco's gun. Evidence Piece #3 Sacco and Vanzetti were at the house close to the time of the arrest of the man who owned the Buick used in the crime. Evidence Piece #4 Both had alibis they
used on where they
were at the time
of the arrest. Evidence Piece #5 There was a gun found on
Vanzetti at the time
of the arrest. Evidence Piece #6 Vanzetti and Sacco made
some false statements
at the time of the arrest. EVIDENCE Setting April 15, 1920 at 3:00 pm
in South Braintree,
MASSACHUSETTS The Crime A paymaster and security guard
were shot, killed, and robbed
as they were moving the
payroll boxes of their
New England shoe company
factory. Verdict Unfair
Trial Sacco and Vanzetti were
arrested more due to the
fact that they were Italian
and anarchists, rather
than on actual
evidence. Outcome of trial was based largely on people's prejudice against Italian immigrants and anarchists. Question #1 What crime were Sacco and Vanzetti charged with? Quiz Time Question #2 What vocabulary term means
the support of a stateless society?
(1 word) Question #3 What vocabulary term means the support
of no one individual owning businesses, but rather the government owning everything?
(1 word) Question #4 What was the verdict of the trial,
and how were they executed? Question #5 Name one reason why
the trial was unfair. Question #6 Question #9 What state did all of this take place in? Question #8 List one piece of evidence from the trial. Question #10 Name one reason for the First Red Scare. Question #7 The ______ Scare was the fear of anarchism and communism between 1919 and 1921. Where did Sacco and Vanzetti
immigrate from? Activity #1 Guilty or Innocent? After reading the defense and
prosecution opening
statements, it is your turn to
decide the verdict of Sacco
and Vanzetti. Complete the
diagram with your opinion. DIRECTIONS READING
ACTIVITY Prosecution
Opening
Statement Defense
Opening
Statement Let's summarize
all of that in six
main points of evidence. So, what did
the courts really
decide? Charged guilty and
executed in electric
chair on
August 23, 1927. But WHY? Was there really that much evidence? NO. so, that means
they were
innocent...
right? NO. Just because it
was an unfair trial
DOES NOT mean that Sacco and Vanzetti
are innocent. In fact, some recent
findings point in the
direction that Sacco and Vanzetti were
really guilty. RECENT
EVIDENCE Activity #2 It is time to summarize
everything we have just
learned about Sacco and Vanzetti. DIRECTIONS Use this "birthday party" invitation to fill out information about the Trial of Sacco and
Vanzetti. Please use a piece of lined paper
to complete your answers on. The questions are pretty simple, but you may look back at your notes if necessary. We will move on to the next question when everyone is finished. NOTE: Your answers do not need
to be in complete sentences.
Some of the questions can
be answered in one to two
words. People were scared of communists
and anarchists taking over. (1 word) (1 word) (1 word)
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