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Ann Hendon




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The Amazing Story of Mrs. Leo Frank

Published by Ann Hendon on September 19, 2015

A Biography of Lucille Selig Frank (1888 – 1957) by the Editors of The Leo Frank Case Research Library WHEN WE FIRST meet Lucille Selig Frank (pictured), she is attending the opera on April 26th, 1913 with her well-to-do friends and mother, Josephine — while, a few miles away, a young teenage girl lays freshly […]


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Leo Frank: The Coroner’s Inquest

Published by Ann Hendon on August 17, 2015

 PART 1: INTRODUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME in history, we now have a full, unexpurgated digital record of all the contemporary reports about the Coroner’s Inquest which took place in the wake of the murder of Mary Phagan. Thanks to the hard work of Penelope Lee of the American Mercury, who typed every word by […]


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100 Years Ago Today: Leo Frank Takes the Stand

Published by Ann Hendon on August 18, 2013

Today, on the 100th anniversary of Leo Frank taking the stand in his own defense, we present a digest of opinion and contemporary sources on his statement. AT THE CLIMAX of the Leo Frank trial, an admission was made by the defendant that amounted to a confession during trial. How many times in the annals […]


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The Leo Frank Case: A Pseudo-History

Published by Ann Hendon on October 5, 2012

by Elliot Dashfield a review of The Leo Frank Case by Leonard Dinnerstein, University of Georgia Press IN 1963, nearly a half century after the sensational trial and lynching of Leo Frank become a national cause célèbre, a graduate student named Leonard Dinnerstein (pictured) decided to make the Frank case the subject of his PhD […]


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Whittaker Chambers: Ghosts and Phantoms

Published by Ann Hendon on December 11, 2011

by David Chambers WHITTAKER CHAMBERS died 50 years ago at the age of 60. Much in the world has changed since then. What might he think about world affairs today, were he still alive? Before commenting, he would catch up on history with books like Tony Judt‘s Postwar. Another would be Timothy Snyder‘s Bloodlands, which […]


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Head of the Whole Business

Published by Ann Hendon on January 25, 2011

Red Conspirator: J. Peters and the American Communist Underground by Thomas Sakmyster; University of Illinois Press, March 2011 $50.00, 312 pages, including 6 black & white photographs reviewed by David Chambers FROM AUGUST 3, 1948, until today, America has had to wait to learn more about the head of Soviet espionage in Washington during the […]


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Baltimore Reading Series Honors American Mercury

Published by Ann Hendon on September 17, 2010

by Ann Hendon ACCORDING TO Reading Local, there’s a new literary reading series in Baltimore that honors the spirit of H.L. Mencken and The American Mercury. They say: The second installment of the New Mercury Reading Series was held at Jordan Faye Contemporary Gallery, featuring Charles Cohen, Steve Luxenberg, and Melissa Hale. Their mission statement […]


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Instead of burning Korans, why not debate the merits of all “holy” books?

Published by Ann Hendon on September 14, 2010

by Robert Johnson A CHRISTIAN PREACHER in Gainesville, Florida wants to burn Korans, citing the ninth anniversary of 9/11. Muslims around the world are upset and some are taking to the streets to demonstrate their anger that anyone would want to burn what they consider the word of God. From the start of the Abrahamic […]


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What is Deism?

Published by Ann Hendon on June 1, 2010

by Robert L. Johnson Deism was the religion of America’s Founding Fathers, and their wisdom in embracing it should not be forgotten today. DEISM VS. REVEALED RELIGION REVELATION, or revealed religion, is defined in Webster’s New World Dictionary as: “God’s disclosure to man of Himself.” This should read, “God’s alleged disclosure to man of himself.” […]


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Anarchist’s Progress

Published by Ann Hendon on June 1, 2010

by Albert Jay Nock This classic essay on freedom was published in The American Mercury in 1927. I. The Majesty of the Law When I was seven years old, playing in front of our house on the outskirts of Brooklyn one morning, a policeman stopped and chatted with me for a few moments. He was […]


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Portraying George Washington in a Barack Obama World

Published by Ann Hendon on April 23, 2010

by Ann Hendon Dr. Jim Hodges has what he calls “a special calling that brings the ethical leadership principles of George Washington to life.” In his career as a public speaker, Dr. Hodges has shared the principles of what he calls “our Patriarch” — blending skilful acting with the moving words of a truly inspirational […]


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Poll: Ron Paul in Dead Heat With Obama

Published by Ann Hendon on April 14, 2010

The “political class” trusts Obama — most Americans don’t. by Charles L. Carroll, Jr. “Election 2012: Barack Obama 42%, Ron Paul 41%.” Those are the results of the latest poll by Rasmussen Reports, which states: ‘Pit maverick Republican Congressman Ron Paul against President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up, and the race is – […]


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iPad Banned in Israel

Published by Ann Hendon on April 14, 2010

by Ann Hendon PEOPLE ARE bringing new Apple iPads into Israel. The eternally profit-seeking are buying them in the U.S., sometimes in bulk, and then selling them for a 150% markup in the Jewish state. And some just bring them in to use them. But now Israeli authorities are confiscating them on sight, claiming that […]


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Oman, Kuwait Oppose Kosovo Independence

Published by Ann Hendon on April 13, 2010

from Serbianna.com, notes by James Sanchez MUSLIM STATES like Oman and Kuwait are very conservative and demonstrably anti-Jihadi. Kosovo is and remains a Jihadi state with its organized crime networks (trafficking in narcotics, Christian sex slave women, and human organs) which are deeply entwined with Israeli organized crime networks. As the late and unlamented Rep. […]


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    Homeless Jack on “Grabbing Some Pussy”

    November 7, 2016

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    We discovered this piece scrawled on some foolscap left on our doorstep, an all-lower-case Kerouac-style stream of consciousness rap, and offer it as we found it. by H. Millard trump is an american original and a throwback to the days when americans were bursting with confidence and energy and the sheer joy of freedom and […]

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    ‘The Choice of Achilles’: John Alan Coey Against the New World Order

    January 3, 2013

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    by T.R. Bennington AS EVER, BUT ESPECIALLY in our present state of civilizational malaise, there is a need for figures with the power to inspire — men who in less confused and cynical times would have been unabashedly described as heroic. One such figure is Corporal John Alan Coey, a young soldier who has perhaps […]

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    Quarter of Americans Convinced Sun Revolves Around Earth

    March 2, 2015

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    “DOES the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?” If you answered the latter, you’re among a quarter of Americans who also got it wrong, according to a new report by the National Science Foundation. A survey of 2,200 people that was released Friday revealed some alarming truths about […]

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    Jailbirds

    June 7, 2017

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    by Jim Tully; from The American Mercury, September, 1928; transcribed by Kevin I. Slaughter THE jail room was thirty-five feet long, twenty-five feet wide, and seven feet high. In this large cage were fifty prisoners. Some had been sentenced and were serving jail terms; others awaited trial, or removal to the penitentiary. The floor was of […]

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    The Old Right and the Antichrist

    June 7, 2017

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    by Richard Spencer (pictured) The following address was given to the H.L. Mencken Club’s Annual Meeting; November 21-23, 2008. BEFORE William F. Buckley settled on writing God and Man at Yale in 1951, the 25 year-old had something quite different in mind as a debut volume. Buckley planned, and may have begun drafting, a book caustically […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: George Bernard Shaw, et al.

    August 10, 2017

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury TODAY Vanessa Neubauer’s reading of Professor Robert S. Griffin’s masterful biography of Dr. William Luther Pierce, The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds, continues. This week we present insights into William Pierce’s philosophical and intellectual influences, beginning with great playwright George Bernard Shaw (pictured). This audio book will be […]

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    New Audio Book: The Murder of Little Mary Phagan

    December 31, 2015

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    A NEW authorized audio book version of The Murder of Little Mary Phagan by Mary Phagan Kean has just been recorded for The American Mercury, and will serve as the capstone of our series on the Leo Frank Case in this, the centennial year of the death of the convicted murderer in this case, Leo […]

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    The Astounding Alonzo Mann Hoax

    September 25, 2015

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    by the Editors of The Leo Frank Case Research Library IN 1982, Alonzo Mann dropped what appeared to be the biggest bombshell imaginable into the Leo Frank case — though it was sixty-nine years after the fact. Mann, who’d been Leo Frank’s fourteen-year-old office boy in 1913, stated that he had kept a secret all […]

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    The Amazing Story of Mrs. Leo Frank

    September 19, 2015

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    A Biography of Lucille Selig Frank (1888 – 1957) by the Editors of The Leo Frank Case Research Library WHEN WE FIRST meet Lucille Selig Frank (pictured), she is attending the opera on April 26th, 1913 with her well-to-do friends and mother, Josephine — while, a few miles away, a young teenage girl lays freshly […]

    History »

    Leo Frank: The Coroner’s Inquest

    August 17, 2015

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     PART 1: INTRODUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME in history, we now have a full, unexpurgated digital record of all the contemporary reports about the Coroner’s Inquest which took place in the wake of the murder of Mary Phagan. Thanks to the hard work of Penelope Lee of the American Mercury, who typed every word by […]

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    Concerning Inflation

    July 23, 2015

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    by Garet Garrett NO ONE WOULD be so absurd as to propose that you might restore a nation’s prosperity by changing its weights and measures. Suppose the Government should say, on behalf of the wheat farmer, to increase his income, “Hereafter the half bushel shall be the legal full bushel”; and on behalf of the […]

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    Quarter of Americans Convinced Sun Revolves Around Earth

    March 2, 2015

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    “DOES the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?” If you answered the latter, you’re among a quarter of Americans who also got it wrong, according to a new report by the National Science Foundation. A survey of 2,200 people that was released Friday revealed some alarming truths about […]

    History »

    The End of Commercial Man

    March 2, 2015

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    A MORE THAN casual look at The Environmental Movement shows it to be mostly a facade of noisy rhetoric. If the speechifying is largely surrealistic, the problems are real. Basic resources for industry, as well as exotic ones, are getting scarcer. Cheap oil is a thing of the past. Even if there are no real […]

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    Rita Potter, American Mercury Executive Secretary, Dies at 98

    February 24, 2015

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    RITA M. POTTER (pictured), 98, of Ridgefield, Connecticut died on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. She worked for the American Mercury as an executive secretary to Editor Paul A. Palmer in 1938, and, after a period of service as a WAC member in World War 2, returned to the Mercury in 1946, again in an executive […]

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    A Primeval Uplifter

    February 12, 2015

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    LUCY STONE: Pioneer of Woman’s Rights, by Alice Stone Blackwell; Boston: Little, Brown & Company; reviewed by H.L. Mencken IF THIS biography is a shade partial the fact is surely not surprising, for Miss Blackwell is not only Lucy Stone’s daughter but also a firm believer in all of the reforms that she advocated, excluding, […]

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    Oliver on Homosexuality

    February 11, 2015

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    Originally written for inclusion in Frederick Seelig’s book Destroy the Accuser, this is Professor Revilo P. Oliver’s learned and insightful analysis of the homosexual question. by Revilo P. Oliver (pictured) THE APPALLING STORY told by Mr. Seelig in the foregoing pages is much more than a personal tragedy that must excite sympathy and pity in […]