Leo Frank and Mary Phagan Rape Case

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Sunday, April 27, 1913 was a date that brought a vicious wave of racism throughout the United States of America. When the body of Mary Phagan was found in the basement of the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta, Georgia, Leo Frank, a part owner of the company, was arrested for her rape and murder. There was enough crucial evidence that could have proven other suspects, such as Newt Lee and Jim Conley, as being involved in the rape and murder of Mary Phagan, nevertheless, Leo Frank was arrested despite of not being as strongly suspected as Lee and Conley, and was eventually lynched in an inhumane, unfair manner which was apparently the result of American hatred towards Jews. Although the murder of Phagan definitely ruined Frank’s future, it is extremely important to learn about their past in order to determine their personalities and ambitions for the future. Mary Phagan was born on June 1, 1900 to John and Frances Phagan in Marietta, Georgia. Mary’s father died when she was very young. As a result, her mother remarried J.W. Coleman. Her wages were $1.20 per hour which she went to collect from Mr. Frank on the day of the murder(Pou, Charles). Even though Mary had the option of not working, she still worked because she liked her work at the Pencil Factory. Mary seemed to be from a middle-class but somewhat well off family since she had the option of not working. The details of her childhood prove that she had not had a normal childhood because of her father’s death and her mother’s remarriage. Leo Frank was born in Paris, Texas on April 17, 1884. He spent his life as a Conventional, middle-class, Jewish child and attended the Brooklyn Public Schools, the Pratt Institute, and graduated from the Connell University in 1906 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Later, frank was invited by his uncle, Moses, to come and join him at the National Pencil

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