The Story of Leo Frank
The story of Leo Frank and Mary Phagan is a very sad story that will told over and over for many different reasons. The most strinking reason is that Leo Frank was led out of his jail cell and lynched by a mob after a trial that had shown no real motivation in proving the case but only to prove Leo Frank quilty. At the time of the trial the south was just ending the period of reconstruction but still had a deep resentment for any encrochment on the southern lifestyle by outsiders. Racism and the fear of the outsiders was prevelant during this time. As stated by C.P. Connolly, "There is but one reason, aside from the peculiarly atrocious murder of Mary Phagan, which made possible the injustice done Frank. Atlanta is still practically untouched by the flow of immigration from Europe which has made our Northern cities so tolerant in matters of race and religion. It is ridiculous to protest that there has been no prejudice against "the Jew" in this Frank case".(1) The case of Leo Frank was as much to do with the south's enforcement of mastery over their lives as it did the murder of young Mary Phagan.
Leo Frank was sent to Atlanta, Georgia to help manage a pencil factory that he partially owned. He was a graduate from Cornell University and was a very educated young Jewish man. It was the beginning of a time when young northern capitalists were trying to make their mark in the south by integrating new manufacturing and technology to the post war area. The arrival of Mr. Frank was not welcomed with open arms to the southern community.
The people of the "confederate" states were making all attempts to maintain their mastery over their workplace, home, and families. They did not believe that a northern factory owner, especially a jew, should be ordering their wives or children around in the work environment. The gentlemen of the south believed that they had strict control over their homes and families and without that...
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