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“By any measure the 1913 murder of teenage Mary Phagan was an ugly incident, just as by any measure the lunching of Leo Frank, a Jew, for the crime was equally horrific. Elaine Marie Alphin directs the story to a teen audience—teenagers being conspicuous players in the drama—and respectfully calls upon their rock-solid sense of justice to give them insight into this iconic piece of American jurisprudence gone wrong. Delving into archival material, numerous photographs included, Alphin thought she would be most moved by Frank’s letters to his wife, but it was real time that brought her up short. ‘I was shattered to see Mary Phagan’s grave decorated with flowers and teddy bears, many of them recent although she had been murdered nearly a century earlier,’ she says. ‘And I was chilled to see only two small plaques marking the site of Leo Frank’s lynching, set too high for vandalism even after all this time.’”
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