The Trial of Leo Frank: An Account

11 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2008  

Douglas Linder

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The discovery of the body of a thirteen-year-old girl in the basement of an Atlanta pencil factory where she had gone to collect her pay check shocked the citizens of that crime-ravaged southern city and roused its public officials to find a suspect and secure a conviction. Unfortunately, it now seems, events and the South's anti-Semitism conspired to lead to the conviction of the wrong man, the factory's Jewish superintendent, Leo Frank. The case ultimately drew the attention of the United States Supreme Court and the Governor of Georgia, but neither the Constitution nor a Governor's commutation could spare Frank a violent death at the end of rope strung from a Georgia oak tree.

Keywords: Leo Frank, Mary Phagan, Anti-Semitism, Georgia, Lynching, Lynch, Jewish, Anti-Defamation League

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K40, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Linder, Douglas, The Trial of Leo Frank: An Account (2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1305212 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1305212

Douglas Linder (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

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