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Sacco e Vanzetti Salvation Lies Elsewhere

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We were tried in a time dominated by hysteria, resentment and hatred against foreigners and radicals. We do not have any confidence in the law and its verdicts. Salvation lies elsewhere.

At the beginning of the 20th century, a human tide leaves Italy to emigrate to the United States, the land of opportunities. Two ordinary men, two proletarians among many, are part of this tide. One leaves from the province of Cuneo, the other leaves from the province of Foggia. They do not know each other. Both of them already have a social conscience, but it is America that radicalises them, that makes them become anarchists, just as it happens to other thousands of migrants disappointed by the American dream. In fact, the country is going through a harsh social conflict, fuelled by a rampant and unscrupulous capitalism that hires private militias to shoot at strikers. It is in this scenario that the human and political story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti begins. Despite a massive international campaign that will try in vain to stop the hangman's hand, the State vendetta will be carried out. At the same time, however, it will hand over to history the names, now inseparable, of these two ordinary men who became symbols of a struggle for justice and freedom that still resonates powerfully a century later. And it invites us to reflect upon the injustices that still run through our society.

PAOLO PASI is a journalist and a novelist. In 1995 he won the first edition of the Ilaria Alpi prize for investigative journalism. He has been
working for the third channel the Italian national television (RAI 3) since 1996. Pasi is also a guitar player and a composer.

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