And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
by Steve Oney
In 1913, 13-year-old Mary Phagan was found brutally murdered in the basement of the Atlanta pencil factory where she worked. The factory manager, a ... Show synopsis In 1913, 13-year-old Mary Phagan was found brutally murdered in the basement of the Atlanta pencil factory where she worked. The factory manager, a college-educated Jew named Leo Frank, was arrested, tried, and convicted in a trial that seized national headlines. When the governor commuted his death sentence, Frank was kidnapped and lynched by a group of prominent local citizens. Steve Oney' s acclaimed account re-creates the entire story for the first time, from the police investigations to the gripping trial to the brutal lynching and its aftermath. Oney vividly renders Atlanta, a city enjoying newfound prosperity a half-century after the Civil War, but still rife with barely hidden prejudices and resentments. He introduces a Dickensian pageant of characters, including zealous policemen, intrepid reporters, Frank' s martyred wife, and a fiery populist who manipulated local anger at Northern newspapers that pushed for Frank' s exoneration. Combining investigative journalism and sweeping social history, this is the definitive account of one of American history' s most repellent and most fascinating moments.