Between Frank's conviction in 1913 and his lynching in 1915, a national pro-Frank media campaign met with a backlash of antisemitism.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Todd Hudson
Monday, September 12, 2011
In the weeks following Leo Frank’s conviction for the murder of Mary Phagan, two separate campaigns to free the condemned man began to take shape. The first was a legal battle conducted by defense attorneys Luther Rosser and Reuben Arnold, who would appeal the case to the trial judge, the Georgia Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Board of Pardons and Paroles. All of these proved to be of no avail. The second battle, which was both more successful and more incendiary, would take place in the court of public opinion with the news media as its principle combatants. It was in this arena that the issue of anti-Semitism, hitherto no more than a smoldering ember, would be fanned into full blown animosity. The likelihood of this was …
Following the 1954 ruling in "Brown vs. Board of Education," Cobb County underwent a decade of turmoil.
In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, declaring segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional and ordering public schools to desegregate “with all deliberate speed.” This set off a firestorm, especially throughout the South where racial segregation had been a mainstay of society since the end of Reconstruction. Responses to Brown were similar across most Southern states, as laws and amendments were enacted to prevent Brown from being enforced. Yet sentiments were far from universal, and the response was different between counties and, more importantly, between generations. Immediately on the heels of Brown, Georgia’s legislature passed a constitutional …