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An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank
Contributor(s): Alphin, Elaine Marie (Author)

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ISBN: 1467746304     ISBN-13: 9781467746304
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (R)
OUR PRICE: $8.49  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2014
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History - United States - 21st Century
Dewey: 364.152
LCCN: 2008042300
Age Level: 14-17
Grade Level: 9-12
Lexile Measure: 1210
Physical Information: 0.4" H x 6.9" W x 10.1" (0.90 lbs) 152 pages
- Chronological Period - 21st Century
Features: Bibliography, Ikids, Illustrated, Index, Price on Product
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 136096
Reading Level: 8.8   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 6.0
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Was an innocent man wrongly accused of murder? On April 26, 1913, thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan planned to meet friends at a parade in Atlanta, Georgia. But first she stopped at the pencil factory where she worked to pick up her paycheck. Mary never left the building alive. A black watchman found Mary's body brutally beaten and raped. Police arrested the watchman, but they weren't satisfied that he was the killer. Then they paid a visit to Leo Frank, the factory's superintendent, who was both a northerner and a Jew. Spurred on by the media frenzy and prejudices of the time, the detectives made Frank their prime suspect, one whose conviction would soothe the city's anger over the death of a young white girl. The prosecution of Leo Frank was front-page news for two years, and Frank's lynching is still one of the most controversial incidents of the twentieth century. It marks a turning point in the history of racial and religious hatred in America, leading directly to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League and to the rebirth of the modern Ku Klux Klan. Relying on primary source documents and painstaking research, award-winning novelist Elaine Alphin tells the true story of justice undone in America.

Contributor Bio(s): Alphin, Elaine Marie: -

Since her first novel for young readers appeared in 1991, Elaine Marie Alphin published 27 books for young people and one for adults (about writing for young people). Elaine wrote for readers of all ages, from Davy Crockett in Lerner's History Makers series for beginning readers up through teenage mysteries such as Counterfeit Son, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult mystery. Elaine loved research, and that love impacted all of her writing, from biographies for middle grade readers like I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight: A Story About John Paul Jones in the Creative Minds series through young adult fiction such as the history-inspired mystery, The Perfect Shot to the stand-alone nonfiction young adult book An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank.

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