Sacco & Vanzetti Test - Richard Escobedo

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Unformatted text preview: are not criminals; they convicted us on a frame- up; they denied us a new trial; and if we will be executed after seven years, four months and seventeen days of unspeakable tortures and wrong, it is for what I have already told you; because we were for the poor and against the exploitation and oppression of the man by the man” (80). Furthermore, Sacco himself, in an impassioned “statement on anarchism” too states his beliefs, discussing the lack of opportunity for the working class. He goes on to describe charitable donations from Rockefeller to Harvard College, but points out that in no way does a child of a working class man have a chance to even go to Harvard. Sacco and Vanzetti wanted opportunity for the working class – they wanted better working conditions, a chance to earn a better living, an opportunity to get an outstanding education (119- 120). At it’s most basic, Sacco and Vanzetti wanted to defeat capitalism and the state (9). 2. What evidence did the prosecution present to tie Sacco and Vanzetti to the South Braintree murders? The prosecution’s evidence – while weak and circumstantial – was aplenty. As Topp explains, the evidence is presented in three categories: eyewitness testimony, material Richard Escobedo evidence, and ballistics reports. All three are flawed (21). The eyewitness testimony was especially flawed as there was a weave of contradictions and inaccuracies which in no way could have verified claims of Sacco or Vanzetti having even been at the crime scene. The most questionable testimony came from Mary Splaine who was incredibly specific when describing what she saw the day of the...
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2013 for the course HIST 40663 taught by Professor Bartlett during the Spring '13 term at TCU.

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