Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow

Attorney for the Damned

Book - 2011
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Clarence Darrow is the lawyer every law school student dreams of being: on the side of right, loved by many women, portrayed by Spencer Tracy. His days-long closing arguments, delivered without notes, won miraculous reprieves. 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 V. 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 defending schoolteacher John Scopes in the "Monkey Trial," cementing his place in history. Journalist John A. Farrell draws on previously unpublished correspondence and memoirs to offer a candid account of Darrow's divorce, affairs, feuds, tactics, and controversies.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2011.
ISBN: 9780385522588
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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