Download Black-Jewish Relations on Trial: Leo Frank and Jim Conley in by Jeffrey Melnick PDF

By Jeffrey Melnick

An research of the Leo Frank case as a degree of the complexities characterizing the connection among African american citizens and Jews in the USA

In 1915 Leo Frank, a Northern Jew, was once lynched in Georgia. He have been convicted of the homicide of Mary Phagan, a tender white lady who labored within the Atlanta pencil manufacturing facility controlled by means of Frank. In a tumultuous trial in 1913 Frank's major accuser was once Jim Conley, an African American worker within the manufacturing unit. was once Frank accountable?

In our time a martyr's air of mystery falls over Frank as a sufferer of non secular and local bigotry. The never-ending controversy has encouraged debates, videos, books, songs, and theatrical productions. one of the artistic works fascinated about the case are a ballad through Fiddlin' John Carson, David Mamet's novel The previous Religion in 1997, and Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown's musical Parade in 1998.

Indeed, the Frank case has develop into a touchstone within the background of black-Jewish cultural kin. How- ever, for too lengthy the trial has been oversimplified because the second while Jews well-known their vulnerability in the USA and commenced to make universal reason with African americans.

This examine has a special story to inform. It casts off outdated political and cultural luggage that allows you to examine the cultural context of Frank's trial, and to envision the tension put on the connection of African americans and Jews by way of it. the translation provided here's in keeping with deep archival examine, analyses of the court docket documents, and examine of assorted creative creations encouraged by means of the case. It means that the case can be understood as supplying conclusive early proof of the deep mutual mistrust among African americans and Jews, a mistrust that has been skillfully and cynically manipulated by means of robust white humans.

Black-Jewish relatives on Trial is anxious much less with what truly occurred within the nationwide Pencil corporation manufacturing unit than with how Frank's trial, conviction, and lynching were used as an social gathering to discover black-Jewish relatives and the hot South. simply as with the O. J. Simpson trial, the Frank trial calls for that american citizens make a profound exam in their crucial ideals approximately race, sexuality, and gear.

Jeffrey Melnick is an assistant professor of yankee stories at Babson university and the writer of A correct to Sing the Blues: African american citizens, Jews, and American renowned Song.

Show description

Read Online or Download Black-Jewish Relations on Trial: Leo Frank and Jim Conley in the New South PDF

Similar discrimination & racism books

Pathways in the Workplace: The Effects of Gender and Race on Access to Organizational Resources (American Sociological Association Rose Monographs)

Rationalistic theories of the office and the claims quite often made via firms rigidity that an individual's entry to the assets and merits of a firm are made up our minds via his or her skills and contributions to the collective company, and that the payoffs for attempt are basically a similar for all doing related paintings.

Slavery, Atlantic Trade and the British Economy, 1660-1800 (New Studies in Economic and Social History)

This e-book considers the influence of slavery and Atlantic exchange on British fiscal improvement through the starting of British industrialization. Kenneth Morgan investigates 5 key components in the subject which have been topic to old debate: the earnings of the slave exchange; slavery, capital accumulation and British monetary improvement; exports and transatlantic markets; the function of commercial associations; and the contribution of Atlantic alternate to the expansion of British ports.

Affirmative Action

During this ebook, exceptional philosophers debate probably the most arguable public coverage problems with the past due twentieth century. every one starts off via creating a case for or opposed to affirmative motion, laying out the key arguments on either side. each one writer then responds to the other's essay. Written in an enticing, obtainable variety, Affirmative motion is a superb textual content for junior point philosophy, political conception, public coverage, and African-American experiences classes in addition to a advisor for pros navigating this significant debate.

After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War

On April eight, 1865, after 4 years of civil struggle, normal Robert E. Lee wrote to common Ulysses S. provide soliciting for peace. Peace used to be past his authority to barter, provide spoke back, yet give up phrases he could speak about. As Gregory Downs finds during this gripping heritage of post–Civil warfare the USA, Grant’s contrast proved prophetic, for peace could elude the South for years after Lee’s quit at Appomattox.

Extra resources for Black-Jewish Relations on Trial: Leo Frank and Jim Conley in the New South

Example text

As a result, Jews like Leo Frank were much more likely to take up whiteness as a self-concept and mode of behavior than their northern counterparts, for whom identification by intermediate racial categories was not only more available but also sometimes compulsory. The northern college quota crisis of the early 1920s, for instance, demonstrated in a fairly systemic way that Jews—in elite circles anyway—were considered to deviate from normative whiteness: after complaining about their exclusion from a junior prom at New York University, Jews were faced with a poster that read "Make New York University a White Man's College" (Dobkowski 16768n67).

The voice of these disempowered workers, many of them first-generation city people, was Fiddlin' John Carson—himself a mill worker. Frank, on the other hand, not only was a boss but also had William J. Burns, a private detective, working for him. Burns was widely known and hated in Atlanta as a hired gun for the unionbusting forces of Fulton Bag. Jacquelyn Dowd Hall explains that the labor strife at Fulton Bag had an exceedingly negative effect on Frank's case (Hall, "Private Eyes"). Carson began writing ballads about Frank and Phagan very soon after the murder; he may even have performed some of these songs at anticommuta- 18 Leo Frank, the Musical tion meetings that were held in 1915.

The two movies along with Members of the Tribe also admit—at least tacitly—that approaching the Frank case necessarily means reckoning with the status of Black-Jewish relations. All three try to undo the damage that the case did to Black-Jewish relations (deriving from the ultimate Frank-versusConley battle at its heart) by suggesting third-man solutions to the murder; this is muted in They Won't Forget and the novel it was based upon. Murder in Harlem explicitly pins the blame on Mary Phagan's boyfriend: following the details of the Frank case closely, this movie proposes a clever solution to the "he said/he said" conundrum of Frank versus Conley.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.03 of 5 – based on 44 votes