Italian Americans: Sacco and Vanzetti

On April 15, 1920,  F.A. Parmenter, paymaster of a shoe factory, and Alessandro Berardelli, a guard accompanying him, were murdered in Braintree, Massachusettes. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants to the U.S., were arrested for the murder and convicted a little more than a year later. There were executed in the electric chain, one after the other, on August 23, 1927. This excerpt by PBS’s The Italian Americans focuses on the way that anti-Italian prejudice coupled with fears of political radicalization during the trial.

Records relating to the case have been digitized by Harvard Law School.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has created an online exhibition exploring the case.