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Learning Exercise: The Sacco Vanzetti Trial

The Sacco Vanzetti Trial
The Sacco Vanzetti Trial reflected American hysteria during the era of the Red Scare. This site explores whether or not the two men got a fair trial.
Course: U.S. History


Submitted by:
William Paquette
Date Last Modified:
August 04, 2009


Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL down to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." CLICK "Sacco-Vanzetti." READ "Sacco-Vanzetti Case: An Account." Answer the following questions: 1. What was the Red Scare?, 2. Who were Sacco and Vanzetti?, 3. Who were the other principals in the case?, 4. What were the charges against Sacco and Vanzetti?, 5. What evidence was presented against them at trial?, 6. Summarize the position of the prosecution in the case, 7. Summarize the positon of the defense in the case, 8. What was the verdict?, 9. Why was the case appealed and on what basis?, 10. Summarize the content of the prison letters written by Sacco and Vanzetti, 11. What eventually happened to both Sacco and Vanzetti?, 12. Did both men get a fair trial? Explain.



  • College General Ed
  • College Lower Division
  • High School


Red Scare; Sacco-Vanzetti, Roaring Twenties.



Learning Objectives

To determine whether or not two anarchist immigrants could receive a fair trial during the period of the Red Scare in U.S. History.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental Activity
  • Unsupervised



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