Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiii

This book uses the example of the Leo Frank case to address the central question of Black-Jewish relations: how have African Americans and Jews been paired—as partners or competitors or some blend thereof—within the controlling American racial system of Black and white...

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Leo Frank, the Musical

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pp. 3-29

In 1998 a musical about the Leo Frank case opened in New York City, with a story by Alfred Uhry (of Driving Miss Daisy fame) and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, a relative unknown. When it came time to release the soundtrack for Parade in 1999, Brown was feeling flushed with...

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"The Negro and the Jew were both in this": Leo Frank and Jim Conley in Atlanta

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pp. 30-46

It is impossible to offer a brief list of everything that was on trial during 1913 when Leo Frank sat in an Atlanta courtroom charged as Mary Phagan's killer. But it is clear that the ritual of the trial was meant to solve much larger mysteries than the one about Mary Phagan's demise. The main...

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"Frank on his knees": Capitalism and Perversion in the New South

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pp. 47-87

The perversion charge merits special attention because it formed the emotional core of the prosecution's case against Frank, and also became the most important constituent in public feeling against him. The issue of Frank's "perversion" also extends an opportunity to explore the...

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"The Night Watch Did It": Narrating Villainy in the Frank Case

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pp. 88-108

Comparison of Leo Frank and Jim Conley as racial representatives was undertaken most frequently on a very general level: what kind of person could be responsible for all of this? The question that most contemporary commentators on the case wanted to answer was whether a Jew...

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"A Roman Holiday": Making Leo Frank Signify

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pp. 109-130

After listening to this confusion of voices and trying to untangle all the inconsistencies and contradictions in interpretations of the Frank affair, we discover at the end that it was about confusion, inconsistency, and contradiction. The year of Frank's lynching, 1915, came in...

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Epilogue: Reading Trials, Writing Trials

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pp. 131-135

The history of Black-Jewish relations in the twentieth century can be fairly summed up by the two pieces of newspaper shorthand above, the first an imaginary headline, the second a real pull-quote. These two scenarios (the second written in the wake of the Crown Heights strife of...

Notes

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pp. 137-147

Works Cited

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pp. 149-158

Index

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pp. 159-165