Curious Case of Kiryas Joel

The Rise of a Village Theocracy and the Battle to Defend the Separation of Church and State

Author: Louis Grumet,John Caher,Judith Kaye

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613735030

Category: Law

Page: 304

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Twenty years ago, on the last day of session, the New York State Legislature created a publicly funded school district to cater to the interests of a religious sect called Kiryas Joel, an extremely insular group of Hasidic Jews. The sect had bought land in upstate New York, populated it solely with members of its faction, and created a village that exerted extraordinary political pressure over both political parties in the Legislature. Marking the first time in American history that a governmental unit was established for a religious group, the Legislature's action prompted years of litigation that eventually went to the Supreme Court. The 1994 case, The Board of Education of the Village of Kiryas Joel v. Grumet, stands as the most important legal precedent in the fight to uphold the separation of church and state. In The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel, plaintiff Louis Grumet opens a window onto the Satmar Hasidic community and details the inside story of his fight for the First Amendment. This story—a blend of politics, religion, cultural clashes, and constitutional tension—is an object lesson in the ongoing debate over freedom of vs. freedom from religion.

The Culture of Disbelief

How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion

Author: Stephen L. Carter

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385474989

Category: Religion

Page: 328

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In an updated version of his successful book, the author of Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby argues that religion can play a role in the nation's politics, law and culture while maintaining its separation from state. Reprint.

When the Nazis came to Skokie

freedom for speech we hate

Author: Philippa Strum

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 172

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In the Chicago suburb of Skokie, one out of every six Jewish citizens in the late 1970s was a survivor -- or was directly related to a survivor -- of the Holocaust. These victims of terror had resettled in America expecting to lead peaceful lives free from persecution. But their safe haven was shattered when a neo-Nazi group announced its intention to parade there in 1977. Philippa Strum's dramatic retelling of the events in Skokie (and in the courts) shows why the case ignited such enormous controversy and challenged our understanding of and commitment to First Amendment values. The debate was clear-cut: American Nazis claimed the right of free speech while their Jewish "targets" claimed the right to live without intimidation. The town, arguing that the march would assault the sensibilities of its citizens and spark violence, managed to win a court injunction against the marchers. In response, the American Civil Liberties Union took the case and successfully defended the Nazis' right to free speech. Skokie had all the elements of a difficult case: a clash of absolutes, prior restraint of speech, and heated public sentiment. In recreating it, Strum presents a detailed account and analysis of the legal proceedings as well as finely delineated portraits of the protagonists: Frank Collin, National Socialist Party of America leader and the son of a Jewish Holocaust survivor; Skokie community leader Sol Goldstein, a Holocaust survivor who planned a counter demonstration against the Nazis; Skokie mayor Albert Smith, who wanted only to protect his townspeople; and ACLU attorney David Goldberger, caught in the ironic position of being a Jew defending the rights of Nazis against fellow Jews.While the ACLU did win the case, it was a costly victory -- 30,000 of its members left the organization. And in the end, ironically, the Nazis never did march in Skokie. Forcefully argued, Strum's book shows' that freedom of speech must be defended even when the beneficiaries of that defense are far from admirable individuals. It raises both constitutional and moral issues critical to our understanding of free speech and carries important lessons for current controversies over hate speech on college campuses, inviting readers to think more carefully about what the First Amendment really means.

When God Isn't Green

A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide

Author: Jay Wexler

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807001929

Category: Religion

Page: 216

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In this lively, round-the-world trip, law professor and humorist Jay Wexler explores the intersection of religion and the environment. Did you know that * In Hong Kong and Singapore, Taoists burn paper money to appease "hungry ghosts," filling the air with smoke and dangerous toxins? * In Mumbai, Hindus carry twenty-foot-tall plaster of Paris idols of the elephant god Ganesh into the sea and leave them on the ocean floor to symbolize the impermanence of life, further polluting the scarce water resources of western India? * In Taiwan, Buddhists practicing "mercy release" capture millions of small animals and release them into inappropriate habitats, killing many of the animals and destroying ecosystems? * In Central America, palm frond sales to US customers for Palm Sunday celebrations have helped decimate the rain forests of Guatemala and southern Mexico? * In New York, Miami, and other large US cities, Santeria followers sprinkle mercury in their apartments to fend off witches, poisoning those homes for years to come? * In Israel, on Lag B'omer, a holiday commemorating a famous rabbi, Jews make so many bonfires that the smoke can be seen from space, and trips to the emergency room for asthma and other pulmonary conditions spike? Law professor and humorist Jay Wexler travels the globe in order to understand the complexity of these problems and learn how society can best address them. He feasts on whale blubber in northern Alaska, bumps along in the back of a battered jeep in Guatemala, clambers down the crowded beaches of Mumbai, and learns how to pluck a dead eagle in Colorado, all to answer the question "Can religious practice and environmental protection coexist?"

Putting God Second

How to Save Religion from Itself

Author: Donniel Hartman

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807063347

Category: Abrahamic religions

Page: 192

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Why have the monotheistic religions failed to produce societies that live up to their ethical ideals? A prominent rabbi answers this question by looking at his own faith and offering a way for religion to heal itself. In Putting God Second, Rabbi Donniel Hartman tackles one of modern life's most urgent and vexing questions: Why are the great monotheistic faiths--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--chronically unable to fulfill their own self-professed goal of creating individuals infused with moral sensitivity and societies governed by the highest ethical standards? To answer this question, Hartman takes a sober look at the moral peaks and valleys of his own tradition, Judaism, and diagnoses it with clarity, creativity, and erudition. He rejects both the sweeping denouncements of those who view religion as an inherent impediment to moral progress and the apologetics of fundamentalists who proclaim religion's moral perfection against all evidence to the contrary. Hartman identifies the primary source of religion's moral failure in what he terms its "autoimmune disease," or the way religions so often undermine their own deepest values. While God obligates the good and calls us into its service, Hartman argues, God simultaneously and inadvertently makes us morally blind. The nature of this self-defeating condition is that the human religious desire to live in relationship with God often distracts religious believers from their traditions' core moral truths. The answer Hartman offers is this: put God second. In order to fulfill religion's true vision for humanity--an uncompromising focus on the ethical treatment of others--religious believers must hold their traditions accountable to the highest independent moral standards. Decency toward one's neighbor must always take precedence over acts of religious devotion, and ethical piety must trump ritual piety. For as long as devotion to God comes first, responsibility to other people will trail far, far behind. In this book, Judaism serves as a template for how the challenge might be addressed by those of other faiths, whose sacred scriptures similarly evoke both the sublime heights of human aspiration and the depths of narcissistic moral blindness. In Putting God Second, Rabbi Hartman offers a lucid analysis of religion's flaws, as well as a compelling resource, and vision, for its repair.

Brave New Neighborhoods

The Privatization of Public Space

Author: Margaret Kohn

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415944632

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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Fighting for First Amendment rights is as popular a pastime as ever, but just because you can get on your soapbox doesn't mean anyone will be there to listen. Town squares have emptied out as shoppers decamp for the megamalls; gated communities keep pesky signature gathering activists away; even most internet chatrooms are run by the major media companies. Brave New Neighborhood sconsiders what can be done to protect and revitalize our public spaces.

Threading My Prayer Rug

One Woman's Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim

Author: Sabeeha Rehman

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1628726660

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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ONE OF BOOKLIST'S TOP TEN RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY BOOKS OF 2016 ONE OF BOOKLIST'S TOP TEN DIVERSE NONFICTION BOOKS OF 2017 Honorable Mention in the 2017 San Francisco Book Festival Awards, Spiritual Category This enthralling story of the making of an American is also a timely meditation on being Muslim in America today. Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; from student to bride and mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American citizen, business executive, grandmother, and tireless advocate for interfaith understanding. Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes. In chapters leavened with humor, hope, and insight, she recounts an immigrant’s daily struggles balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of raising her children as Muslims—while they lobby for a Christmas tree! Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the Muslim community center at Ground Zero, when the backlash began. She discusses what that experience revealed about American society.

Ghosts of the Desert

Author: Ryan Ireland

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780748213

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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To escape his troubled past, Norman heads to the Utah desert to lose himself in work. Having just received a research grant he plans to study the ghost towns and now-obsolete mines littering the inhospitable landscape. But when he comes across a desert-dwelling group of outcasts, and is taken captive by their charismatic yet ever-watchful leader, he is introduced to an alternate way of life that both repulses and attracts him. As Norman struggles to find his place and make sense of this strange new world – with its perverse and unorthodox practices – he must decide whether to take his chances and run, or yield, and risk becoming one of those around him. Ireland’s refined and sparse prose cut through to the dark heart of the American dream in this chilling novel about the complex relationship between the primitive and the civilized, the living and the dead.

Spiritual Sobriety

Author: Elizabeth Esther

Publisher: Convergent Books

ISBN: 0307731898

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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It's easy to get high on God in America. But is this good religion? In a compelling follow-up to her memoir, Girl at the End of the World, Elizabeth Esther explores how religious fervor can become religious addiction. The evidence is everywhere. In families who inexplicably choose to harm their children in order to abide by cultic church doctrine. But in ordinary believers too who use God the same way addicts use drugs or alcohol--to numb pain, alter their mood, or simply to escape the realities of this messy, unpredictable thing called life. If you've ever wondered how a religion that preaches freedom and love can produce judgmental and unkind followers; if you've ever felt captive to the demanding God of your own childhood; if you've struggled to find contentment without needing another emotional hit from a "life-changing" conference or "mountain-top" experience, then Spiritual Sobriety is for you. The author, who grew up in a hyper-controlling church cult, will help you find hope and rebirth in the ruins of disillusioned faith. Filled with stories and warm, practical advice, Spiritual Sobriety offers a gentle path out of the desperate cycles of craving-euphoria-hangover and into a freer, clean-and-sober faith practice.

God Gave Me You

A True Story of Love, Loss, and a Heaven-Sent Miracle

Author: Tricia Seaman,Diane Nichols

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501131958

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Terminal cancer patient Trish Somers asks oncology nurse Tricia Seaman to care for her son.

Hasidic People

Author: Jerome Mintz

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674041097

Category: Social Science

Page: 446

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In this engrossing social history of the New York Hasidic community based on extensive interviews, observation, newspaper files, and court records, Jerome Mintz combines historical study with tenacious investigation to provide a vivid account of social and religious dynamics. Hasidic People takes the reader from the various neighborhood settlements through years of growth to today’s tragic incidents and conflicts. In an engaging style, rich with personal insight, Mintz invites us into this old world within the new, a way of life at once foreign and yet intrinsic to the American experience.

Fifty Shades of Oy Vey

A Parody

Author: E.L. Jamesbergstein

Publisher: Alfred A. Knish

ISBN: 0615864376

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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"You couldn't put down the original, now pick up the Jewish version....It is sure to leave you verklempt with passion!" -- Jewitup.com You've read the books and seen the movie. Or maybe you'd rather not. Try the Jewish parody! It's so erotic you'll plotz. From the moment senior Anatevka Stein meets chubby bagel tycoon Chaim Silver, she is drawn to him. A mench like no other, he's brilliant, lecherous and reeking of herring, a combination she cannot resist. So what if he still lives with his mother? Chaim wants her too, though he wants her to sign a Kinky Ketubah drafted by his attorneys. What sexual techniques will Ana learn in his Blue Room of Broadloom and which delicatessen foods will be involved? Why is the first night of Passover with Chaim truly different from all other nights? And why does he play such sorrowful music on his accordion? Could it be the wedgies he received at Jewish summer camp? Erotic, exotic and Ashkenazic, this passionate love story will stay with you forever, not unlike a homemade matzah ball. Fifty Shades of Oy Vey: A Parody includes excerpts from Volume II: Fifty Shades Meshuggener and Volume III: Fifty Shades Fried Latkes. The book is intended for mature and somewhat immature readers.

American Public School Law

Author: Kern Alexander,M. David Alexander

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 049591049X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1184

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Alexander and Alexander’s best-selling AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOL LAW sets the standard for books in educational law, an increasingly vital area of expertise for today’s school and district administrators. Now in its Eighth Edition, this combined textbook/casebook provides an authoritative and comprehensive view of the law that governs the public school system of the United States, including common law, statutes, and constitutional laws as they affect students, teachers, and administrators. Featuring civil and criminal cases selected from hundreds of jurisdictions and newly updated to reflect the latest legal trends and precedents, the book reviews key laws and relevant court decisions. The case method offers ample opportunity for discussions aimed at discovering and exposing the underlying rules and reasoning, and the text actively encourages readers to relate factual situations to the law while anticipating similar experiences they may have as practicing teachers and administrators. Written in an engaging and accessible style, AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOL LAW, Eighth Edition, explains even complex points of law clearly and effectively for non-lawyers, and the authors maintain a diligent focus on the unique needs of professional educators preparing for successful careers in administration. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Famous Nathan

A Family Saga of Coney Island, the American Dream, and the Search for the Perfect Hot Dog

Author: Mr. Lloyd Handwerker,Gil Reavill

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250074541

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Beginning with just five feet of counter space on Coney Island in 1916,Nathanâe(tm)s Famous- based on the basic principles of quality ingredients, hard work and a price everyone could afford -soon stretched across the globe, launching the hotdog as an American food staple and Nathan Handwerker to national fame. But the story behind the dog is even tastier... Fleeing Eastern Europe as the shadow of WWI looms large with nothing but twenty dollars in his socks, Nathan arrives in New York with the insatiable desire to make a better life, and within two years he sets up a shop of his own, hawking frankfurters for five cents at the sleepy little beach retreat of Coney Island. As New York booms, pushing trains and patrons to the shore, so too do Nathan's humble hotdogs. Within ten years he has the whole corner, and a brand as recognizable as Coca-Cola and Cracker Jack.Nathan's is famous. But with success comes difficulties, and as Nathan's two sons vie to inherit the family dynasty a story of Biblical proportions plays out, mirroring the corporatization of the American food industry. Written by Nathan's own grandson, and at once a portrait of a man, a family and the changing face of a nation through a century of promise and progress,Famous Nathanis a dog's tale that snaps and satisfies with every page.

Born Atheist

Author: Tim Covell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781450267533

Category: Religion

Page: 324

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A "BORN ATHEIST" EXPLAINS HIS POINT OF VIEW The term "born atheist" is not new, but it is used increasingly by today's atheist activists. Tim Covell has chosen "Born Atheist" as the title of his new book. "On one hand," Covell explains, "the phrase born atheist' is fun because it enrages religionists who would want to deny the truth of the statement. However, atheist' means without deities, so the argument can be won simply by pulling out a dictionary." "But on the other hand," Covell continues, " born atheist' includes the concept that atheism is a natural state and religion is a social virus. To some degree," he claims, "the term refers to a world view that is broader than religion. Atheism existed before religion and will continue after religion fades." Covell relates that he wrote his book out of frustration with popular texts that require an advanced degree to understand. Covell says he would like to be the Michael Moore of atheism. He points out that thousands of journalists wrote about the 9/11 attacks, but it took Moore's common sense to ask for the videotape of George W. Bush's blank reaction to the news that the nation was under attack that Moore used so effectively in Fahrenheit 9/11. Covell attempts to bring the same down-to-earth style and common sense approach to atheism. For example, he obtains federal statistics to show that atheists appear in prison at 1/20th of the expected rate. He demonstrates that the rates of crime are significantly higher in religious states. Similarly, raising the question of whether religion is bad for your health, he shows that the most religious states are also the most obese. Covell spends considerable time analyzing problems with religion. He builds incrementally, starting with small "miracles" like the image of Jesus on a tortilla, and building to more serious matters such as religion's harmful prejudices against women and gays. He ends his analysis with a look at murders committed in the name of religion and the potential danger of religious end time myths. In exploring how religion is used to justify illegal acts such as the 9/11 attacks, Covell coins the term "superlegal," to refer to supernaturally justified illegal acts and points to the dangers of religious scriptures bringing ancient tribalism into the modern world. "For example," Covell says, "the Christian and Muslim scriptures condemn non-believers to an eternity in hell. This makes it easier for religious zealots to kill "others," since the believers think the others will spend eternity in hell, killing them now only gives them a little head start. These beliefs are particularly dangerous in the today's world," Covell says, "when modern weapons can be used to bring about mass destruction." Covell concludes by suggesting that atheists learn from the gay rights movement about how to organize and pursue their agenda. He suggests action steps atheists may wish to consider, but concludes that atheism is a rising tide that will wash away the stain of religion.

All Who Go Do Not Return

A Memoir

Author: Shulem Deen

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 155597337X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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A moving and revealing exploration of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and one man's loss of faith Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world—only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow. Deen's first transgression—turning on the radio—is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the Internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely. Now a heretic, he fears being discovered and ostracized from the only world he knows. His relationship with his family at stake, he is forced into a life of deception, and begins a long struggle to hold on to those he loves most: his five children. In All Who Go Do Not Return, Deen bravely traces his harrowing loss of faith, while offering an illuminating look at a highly secretive world.

Kill All Normies

Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right

Author: Angela Nagle

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1785355449

Category: Social Science

Page: 136

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Recent years have seen a revival of the heated culture wars of the 1990s, but this time its battle ground is the internet. On one side the "alt right" ranges from the once obscure neo-reactionary and white separatist movements, to geeky subcultures like 4chan, to more mainstream manifestations such as the Trump-supporting gay libertarian Milo Yiannopolous. On the other side, a culture of struggle sessions and virtue signalling lurks behind a therapeutic language of trigger warnings and safe spaces. The feminist side of the online culture wars has its equally geeky subcultures right through to its mainstream expression. Kill All Normies explores some of the cultural genealogies and past parallels of these styles and subcultures, drawing from transgressive styles of 60s libertinism and conservative movements, to make the case for a rejection of the perpetual cultural turn.

The Two-Family House

A Novel

Author: Lynda Cohen Loigman

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466888881

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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"An emotional but dreamy novel that...will transport you far, far away from your next dreary Monday morning. You may do a lot of sobbing, but don't worry, you'll be smiling by the end." —Bustle, "12 Spring Break Reads To Help You Escape Normal Life" **Buzzfeed, "14 Of The Most Buzzed-About Books" **Popsugar, "6 Books You Should Read" "A novel you won't be able to put down." —Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author Brooklyn, 1947: In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born, minutes apart. The mothers are sisters by marriage: dutiful, quiet Rose, who wants nothing more than to please her difficult husband; and warm, generous Helen, the exhausted mother of four rambunctious boys who seem to need her less and less each day. Raising their families side by side, supporting one another, Rose and Helen share an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic winter night. When the storm passes, life seems to return to normal; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and the once deep friendship between the two women begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost, but not quite, wins. Moving and evocative, Lynda Cohen Loigman's debut novel The Two-Family House is a heart-wrenching, gripping multigenerational story, woven around the deepest of secrets.

Making the Grade

The Economic Evolution of American School Districts

Author: William A. Fischel

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226251314

Category: Education

Page: 304

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A significant factor for many people deciding where to live is the quality of the local school district, with superior schools creating a price premium for housing. The result is a “race to the top,” as all school districts attempt to improve their performance in order to attract homebuyers. Given the importance of school districts to the daily lives of children and families, it is surprising that their evolution has not received much attention. In this provocative book, William Fischel argues that the historical development of school districts reflects Americans’ desire to make their communities attractive to outsiders. The result has been a standardized, interchangeable system of education not overly demanding for either students or teachers, one that involved parents and local voters in its governance and finance. Innovative in its focus on bottom-up processes generated by individual behaviors rather than top-down decisions by bureaucrats, Making the Grade provides a new perspective on education reform that emphasizes how public schools form the basis for the localized social capital in American towns and cities.

The Leo Frank Case

Author: Leonard Dinnerstein

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820331791

Category: History

Page: 254

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The events surrounding the 1913 murder of the young Atlanta factory worker Mary Phagan and the subsequent lynching of Leo Frank, the transplanted northern Jew who was her employer and accused killer, were so wide ranging and tumultuous that they prompted both the founding of B’nai B’rith’s Anti-Defamation League and the revival of the Ku Klux Klan. The Leo Frank Case was the first comprehensive account of not only Phagan’s murder and Frank’s trial and lynching but also the sensational newspaper coverage, popular hysteria, and legal demagoguery that surrounded these events. Forty years after the book first appeared, and more than ninety years after the deaths of Phagan and Frank, it remains a gripping account of injustice. In his preface to the revised edition, Leonard Dinnerstein discusses the ongoing cultural impact of the Frank affair.