The Trial of Leo Frank: An Account
11 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2008
Date Written: 2008
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
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