Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow

Attorney for the Damned

Book - 2011
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"At thirty-six, in tumultuous Gided Age Chicago, Clarence Darrow left a promising career as a railroad lawyer and made a name for himself defending the nation's outcasts.... He became famous defending union leader Eugene Debs, in the landmark Pullman strike case, and Big Bill Haywood, the brawling, one-eyed labor leader on trial for assassinating Idaho's governor. He defended the McNamara brothers, charged with bombing the Los Angeles Times building, and Leopold and Loeb, the notorious young thrill killers. In one mythic week in 1925, he cemented his place in history defending John Scopes in the famous Monkey Trial, facing off against William Jennings Bryan in the classic showdown over the teaching of evolution."--Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Description: x, 561, [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780385522588
Branch Call Number: 340.092 Dar


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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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