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REVIEW ´ And the Dead Shall Rise The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank Ï On April 27 1913 the bludgeoned body of thirteen year old Mary Phagan was discovered in the basement of Atlanta’s National Pencil Factory The girl’s murder would be the catalyst for an epic saga thatY for the defense’s fierce cross examination and then a year later underwent an extraordinary change of heart; Lucille Frank the martyred wife of the convicted man; and the great populist leader Tom Watson who manipulated the volatile and lethal outrage of Georgians against the forces of Northern privilege and capital that were seeking to free FrankAnd the Dead Shall Rise also casts long awaited fresh light on Frank’s lynching No participant was ever indicted and many went on to prominent careers in state and national politics Here for the first time is the full account of the event including the identities of the influential Georgians who conceived carried out and covered up the crime And here as well is the story of the lynching’s aftermath which saw both the revival of the Ku Klux Klan and the evolution of the Anti Defamation LeagueAt once a work of masterful investigative journalism and insightful social history And the Dead Shall Rise does complete justice to one of history’s most repellent and most fascinating momen. It was hard to put this one down not because I was so enthralled by it but because I had tried for so long to get through it and I just couldn't keep all the people background and circumstances straight This would be a great book for someone who can really visualize an entire constellation of a world circa 1913 Atlanta I have always been fascinated with this case but I think perhaps I will have to stick with the CNN documentary on the subject

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On April 27 1913 the bludgeoned body of thirteen year old Mary Phagan was discovered in the basement of Atlanta’s National Pencil Factory The girl’s murder would be the catalyst for an epic saga that to this day holds a singular place in America’s collective imagination a saga that would climax in 1915 with the lynching of Leo Frank the Cornell educated Jew who was convicted of the murder The case has been the subject of novels plays movies and even musicals but only now with the publication of And the Dead Shall Rise do we have an account that does full justice to the mesmerizing and previously unknown details of one of the most shameful moments in the nation’s historyIn a narrative reminiscent of a nineteenth century novel Steve Oney recounts the emerging revelations of the initial criminal investigation reconstructs from newspaper dispatches the original trial transcript mysteriously disappeared long ago the day to day intrigue of the courtroom and illuminates how and why an all white jury convicted Frank largely on th. In 2009 when my boss offered me tickets to see the musical “Parade” I of course said “yes” I knew that “Parade” retells the story of Leo Frank the German Jewish superintendent of Atlanta’s National Pencil Factory who was convicted of slaying 13 year old factory worker Mary Phagan in 1913 Later when Frank’s death sentence was commuted to life in prison an angry mob sprung him from prison and lynched him The Frank case gave rise to the Anti Defamation League Surely “Parade” would be an edifying performance To say the show moved me is an understatement I emerged a weeping wreck But a week later I began feeling that I had been “had”—taken for an emotional roller coaster ride on a script that played too purposefully to my 21st Century sensibilities Needing to know the true story I hunted down its most thorough telling by Steve Oney in And the Dead Shall Rise The Killing of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank Pantheon 2003 Reading And the Dead Shall Rise proved my hunches right Frank’s wife Lucille did not spearhead his legal appeals or campaign publicly for his exoneration Frank was not simply the victim of anti Semites and “bad Yahoos” in a kangaroo court—as much as we 21st Century Yankees would like to believe The story is far complex and if you value complexity and objectivity along with brilliant reportorial skill in a 650 page turner this tome is for you Where “Parade” plays to audience expectations Oney’s book surprises As Oney observes Frank’s conviction was the result of a botched defense the defendant’s yekke inclinations and the racism of an all white jury that paradoxically couldn’t imagine the black man as the white girl’s killer because his alibi was so fantastic No Negro the thinking went could invent such an outlandish tale; therefore it had to be true One of the most memorable and profound events in the two year drama of Frank’s imprisonment is lawyer William Smith’s change of heart Knowing how the cards were stacked against black suspect Jim Conley Smith eagerly came to his defense After Frank’s conviction Smith and his wife a school teacher dedicated themselves to comparing the murder notes with Conley’s “talk dirty” love letters After copying the contents of these missives onto index cards which they clothes pinned to strings running across their kitchen the couple performed a painstaking analysis of Conley’s language Not only had Conley written the murder notes—which was a given in the trial—he had composed them without assistance; Conley most likely was the killer Years later Smith on his death bed penned a note stating his belief in Frank’s innocence—it was that important to him Although I read And the Dead Shall Rise two years ago after seeing “Parade” it came to mind again while I was editing doctoral dissertations all of which bemoaned the state of the news media “You don’t know from media frenzy and hype” I thought “until you study the Leo Frank case” Three Atlanta newspapers—one owned by Hearst—vied for the most sellable headlines shamelessly pronouncing guilt and innocence as if a judicial trial were unnecessary Apparently the term “alleged” had not made its way into the lexicon of journalists Which brings me to what I enjoy most about Oney’s book—insights into the past which develop appreciation for and understanding of the present Oney spent 17 years researching and writing And the Dead Shall Rise which won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award and the National Jewish Book Award for history Simon Schuster will be publishing Oney’s second book on the trials and tribulations of National Public Radio NPR We have much to look forward to with its release Wikipedia defines “yekke” as a generally jovial mildly derogatory term used by Jews in reference to the German Jews’ legendary attention to detail and punctuality

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And the Dead Shall Rise The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo FrankE testimony of a black man Oney chronicles as well the innumerable avenues that the defense pursued in uest of an appeal the remarkable and heretofore largely ignored campaign conducted by William Randolph Hearst and New York Times publisher Adolph Ochs to exonerate Frank the last minute commutation of Frank’s death sentence and most indelibly the flawlessly executed abduction and brutal lynching of Frank two months after his death sentence was commutedAnd the Dead Shall Rise brings to life a Dickensian cast of characters caught up in the Frank case zealous police investigators intent on protecting their department’s reputation even zealous private detectives cynical yet impressionable factory girls intrepid reporters including a young Harold Ross lawyers blinded by their own interests and cowed by the populace’s furor And we meet four astonishing individuals Jim Conley who was Frank’s confessed “accomplice” and the state’s star witness; William Smith a determined and idealistic lawyer who brilliantly prepared Conle. I played Lucille Frank in the musical Parade and it was the best show I have ever been in and ever will be in I decided to pick up this book to get familiar with my character and the struggles she had to go through and I'm glad I did I ended up finishing the book right before the final performance I cried seven times that day and I think what got me the most is Lucille never gave up hope and continued to fight for the honor of her husbands name This book brought tears to my eyes and words can't explain how much this book meant to me This story stuck with me and it's amazing how people will just turn the other cheek This is a must read if you love history and possibly want a good cry