An Unspeakable Crime

By Elaine Marie Alphin

The lynching of Leo Frank is a major landmark in 20th century law and in racial and ethnic tensions in the South. It has been the subject of various novels, movies, and most recently a Tony-award winning musical (Parade). Teenagers played a significant ro

In 1913, Leo Frank was convicted of murdering Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old employee of the Atlanta pencil factory that Frank managed. After Georgia's governor commuted his death sentence, a mob stormed the prison where Frank was being held and lynched him. Leo Frank thus became the only known Jew lynched in American history. The case still spurs debate and controversy -it even inspired a Broadway play. What are the facts of the Frank case?

  • A significant event in American, African-American, and Jewish-American histories where teenagers played an important role.
  • The book is a strong, straight-forward account that weaves together the various strands of prejudice that lead to the lynching. Ought to be a strong candidate for awards and reviews.
  • Recent interest in popular culture due to contemporary revelations about the case., The lynching catalyzed the founding of the Anti-Defamation League.

About the author

Elaine Marie Alphin is the award winning author of over a dozen books for young people, including her most recent novel, The Perfect Shot, which earned a star from SLJ and was a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist. She lives in Boseman, MT.

ISBN: 9781467746304
Imprint: Carolrhoda Books – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: January 1, 2010
Dimensions: 178 x 254mm, 152pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $15.99
New Zealand RRP: $17.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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