Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow

Attorney for the Damned

Book - 2011
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Drawing on untapped archives and full of fresh revelations, here is the definitive biography of America's legendary defense attorney and progressive hero.

Clarence Darrow is the lawyer every law school student dreams of being: on the side of right, loved by many women, played by Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind . His days-long closing arguments delivered without notes won miraculous reprieves for men doomed to hang.
Darrow left a promising career as a railroad lawyer during the tumultuous Gilded Age in order to champion poor workers, blacks, and social and political outcasts against big business, Jim Crow, and corrupt officials. He became famous defending union leader Eugene Debs in the land­mark Pullman Strike case and went from one headline case to the next--until he was nearly crushed by an indictment for bribing a jury. He redeemed himself in Dayton, Tennessee, defending schoolteacher John Scopes in the "Monkey Trial," cementing his place in history.
Now, John A. Farrell draws on previously unpublished correspondence and memoirs to offer a candid account of Darrow's divorce, affairs, and disastrous finances; new details of his feud with his law partner, the famous poet Edgar Lee Masters; a shocking disclosure about one of his most controversial cases; and explosive revelations of shady tactics he used in his own trial for bribery.
Clarence Darrow is a sweeping, surprising portrait of a leg­endary legal mind.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2011]
Edition: 1st ed.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780385522588
Branch Call Number: DARROW FAR
Characteristics: x, 561, [16] pages : plates ; 25 cm.


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What an interesting life! That this entertaining and radical civil-libertarian’s biography has not been made into a major motion picture says volumes about our sexually repressed, theist and corporate fascist country. He was ahead of his time in advocating for equal rights for women, non-whites (including such diverse groups as blacks, Hispanics & Italians), freedom from religion, labor justice, freedom from government intrusion in personal rights and fair government that serves the population rather than a few rich oligarchs. Fascinating reading.

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