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An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank (Paperback)

An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank (Paperback)

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Was an innocent man wrongly accused of murder? On April 26, 1913, thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan planned to meet friends at a parade in Atlanta, Georgia. But first she stopped at the pencil factory where she worked to pick up her paycheck. Mary never left the building alive. A black watchman found Mary s body brutally beaten and raped. Police arrested the watchman, but they weren t satisfied that he was the killer. Then they paid a visit to Leo Frank, the factory s superintendent, who was both a northerner and a Jew. Spurred on by the media frenzy and prejudices of the time, the detectives made Frank their prime suspect, one whose conviction would soothe the city s anger over the death of a young white girl. The prosecution of Leo Frank was front-page news for two years, and Frank s lynching is still one of the most controversial incidents of the twentieth century. It marks a turning point in the history of racial and religious hatred in America, leading directly to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League and to the rebirth of the modern Ku Klux Klan. Relying on primary source documents and painstaking research, award-winning novelist Elaine Alphin tells the true story of justice undone in America.

ISBN: 978-1-4677-4630-4 (Paperback)


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Author: Elaine Marie Alphin
Ages: 14-18
Grades: 9-12
9781467746304
  • 152 Pages
  • 7 x 10
  • Bibliography
  • Black-and-White Photographs
  • Further Reading
  • Photo Captions
  • Primary Source Images
  • Primary Source Quotations
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