Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (September 1, 2000)
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An research of the Leo Frank case as a degree of the complexities characterizing the connection among African american citizens and Jews in the US In 1915 Leo Frank, a Northern Jew, used to be lynched in Georgia. He were convicted of the homicide of Mary Phagan, a tender white girl who labored within the Atlanta pencil manufacturing facility controlled by means of Frank. In a tumultuous trial in 1913 Frank's major accuser was once Jim Conley, an African American worker within the manufacturing facility. used to be Frank in charge? In our time a martyr's charisma falls over Frank as a sufferer of spiritual and local bigotry. The never-ending controversy has encouraged debates, video clips, books, songs, and theatrical productions. one of the inventive works desirous about the case are a ballad by way of Fiddlin' John Carson, David Mamet's novel The previous faith in 1997, and Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown's musical Parade in 1998. certainly, the Frank case has turn into a touchstone within the heritage of black-Jewish cultural family members. How- ever, for too lengthy the trial has been oversimplified because the second whilst Jews well-known their vulnerability in the US and commenced to make universal reason with African americans. This learn has a distinct story to inform. It casts off outdated political and cultural luggage so one can examine the cultural context of Frank's trial, and to envision the strain put on the connection of African americans and Jews via it. the translation provided this is in response to deep archival examine, analyses of the courtroom files, and examine of assorted inventive creations encouraged by means of the case. It means that the case will be understood as supplying conclusive early facts of the deep mutual mistrust among African americans and Jews, a mistrust that has been skillfully and cynically manipulated via robust white humans. Black-Jewish family on Trial is worried much less with what really occurred within the nationwide Pencil corporation manufacturing unit than with how Frank's trial, conviction, and lynching were used as an social gathering to discover black-Jewish kinfolk and the recent South. simply as with the O. J. Simpson trial, the Frank trial calls for that americans make a profound exam in their crucial ideals approximately race, sexuality, and gear.