The Case of Sacco & Vanzetti
Program #ZINH018. Recorded in Boston, MA on October 09, 1997.From Massachusetts to California, immigrants today are the target of government raids and deportations. A massive wall is being built between Mexico and the United States. Armed vigilantes, self-styled Minutemen, patrol the border. U.S. history has been marked by periodic outbursts of anti-immigrant racism fueled by jingoism. One notorious example was the case of the Italian immigrants Sacco and Vanzetti in the 1920s. Their arrest and jailing on trumped up charges was informed not only by xenophobia but also a deep hostility to their dissident politics. Their trial, presided over by a blatantly prejudiced judge, was a travesty. The case sparked a huge national and international uproar but to no avail. They were electrocuted on August 23, 1927. To this day they are remembered in story and song all over the world. This program marks the 80th anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti.
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