Clarence Darrow

Author: John A. Farrell
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780385534512
Release Date: 2011-06-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

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 Now, John A. Farrell draws on previously unpublished correspondence and memoirs to offer a candid account of Darrow’s divorce, affairs, and disastrous finances; new details of his feud with his law partner, the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. From the Hardcover edition.

Attorney for the Damned

Author: Clarence Darrow
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226136516
Release Date: 2012-10-12
Genre: Law

A famous defender of the underdog, the oppressed, and the powerless, Clarence Darrow (1857–1938) is one of the true legends of the American legal system. His cases were many and various, but all were marked by his unequivocal sense of justice, as well as his penchant for representing infamous and unpopular clients, such as the Chicago thrill killers Leopold and Loeb; Ossian Sweet, the African American doctor charged with murder after fighting off a violent, white mob in Detroit; and John T. Scopes, the teacher on trial in the famous Scopes Monkey Trial. Published for the first time in 1957, Attorney for the Damned collects Darrow’s most influential summations and supplements them with scene-setting explanations and comprehensive notes by Arthur Weinberg. Darrow confronts issues that remain relevant over half a century after his death: First Amendment rights, capital punishment, and the separation of church and state. With an insightful forward by Justice William O. Douglas, this volume serves as a powerful reminder of Darrow’s relevance today.

Clarence Darrow

Author: John Aloysius Farrell
Publisher: Random House LLC
ISBN: 9780385522588
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A portrait of the legendary defense attorney and progressive covers his decision to leave a promising career to advocate on behalf of disadvantaged groups, his campaign against Jim Crow policies, and his achievements in headline-making trials.

Arc of Justice

Author: Kevin Boyle
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1429900164
Release Date: 2007-04-01
Genre: History

An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro doctor-grandson of a slave-had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood. Yet just after his arrival, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes. And so it began-a chain of events that brought America's greatest attorney, Clarence Darrow, into the fray and transformed Sweet into a controversial symbol of equality. Historian Kevin Boyle weaves the police investigation and courtroom drama of Sweet's murder trial into an unforgettable tapestry of narrative history that documents the volatile America of the 1920s and movingly re-creates the Sweet family's journey from slavery through the Great Migration to the middle class. Ossian Sweet's story, so richly and poignantly captured here, is an epic tale of one man trapped by the battles of his era's changing times. Arc of Justice is the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Verdicts Out of Court

Author: Clarence Darrow
Publisher: Ivan R Dee
ISBN: 0929587014
Release Date: 1989-01-01
Genre: Law

This remarkable collection of the great attorney s writings reveals why he was such a force in the court of law and in the court of public opinion. Darrow turned to writing essays, debates, fiction to influence a broader audience beyond the field of law. Through his observations on such social issues as race, revolution, labor, divorce, crime, war, and religion, and his estimates of men and women, he became the attorney for the public conscience. His beliefs, delivered with an urbane blending of wit, lawyer s logic, satire, and sentiment, remain a part of our continuing social philosophy. They are amply illustrated in this superb collection, and remain strikingly pertinent today. Fascinating. Whether Darrow is condemning capital punishment, questioning immortality, or extolling free trade, he is usually incisive, never boring, and always unafraid of speaking his mind. A rare combination in his or any other age. William M. Kunstler, New York Times. A fascinating collection of Darrow s writings, showing the wide range and the impact of his thinking on the American character. Irving Stone."

Clarence Darrow

Author: Andrew E. Kersten
Publisher: Hill and Wang
ISBN: 9781429961363
Release Date: 2011-04-26
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Clarence Darrow is best remembered for his individual cases, whether defending the thrill killers Leopold and Loeb or John Scopes's right to teach evolution in the classroom. In the first full-length biography of Darrow in decades, the historian Andrew E. Kersten narrates the complete life of America's most legendary lawyer and the struggle that defined it, the fight for the American traditions of individualism, freedom, and liberty in the face of the country's inexorable march toward modernity. Prior biographers have all sought to shoehorn Darrow, born in 1857, into a single political party or cause. But his politics do not define his career or enduring importance. Going well beyond the familiar story of the socially conscious lawyer and drawing upon new archival records, Kersten shows Darrow as early modernity's greatest iconoclast. What defined Darrow was his response to the rising interference by corporations and government in ordinary working Americans' lives: he zealously dedicated himself to smashing the structures and systems of social control everywhere he went. During a period of enormous transformations encompassing the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, Darrow fought fiercely to preserve individual choice as an ever more corporate America sought to restrict it.

Honor Killing

Author: David E. Stannard
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440649219
Release Date: 2006-05-02
Genre: True Crime

In the fall of 1931, Thalia Massie, the bored, aristocratic wife of a young naval officer stationed in Honolulu, accused six nonwhite islanders of gang rape. The ensuing trial let loose a storm of racial and sexual hysteria, but the case against the suspects was scant and the trial ended in a hung jury. Outraged, Thalia’s socialite mother arranged the kidnapping and murder of one of the suspects. In the spectacularly publicized trial that followed, Clarence Darrow came to Hawai’i to defend Thalia’s mother, a sorry epitaph to a noble career. It is one of the most sensational criminal cases in American history, Stannard has rendered more than a lurid tale. One hundred and fifty years of oppression came to a head in those sweltering courtrooms. In the face of overwhelming intimidation from a cabal of corrupt military leaders and businessmen, various people involved with the case—the judge, the defense team, the jurors, a newspaper editor, and the accused themselves—refused to be cowed. Their moral courage united the disparate elements of the non-white community and galvanized Hawai’i’s rapid transformation from an oppressive white-run oligarchy to the harmonic, multicultural American state it became. Honor Killing is a great true crime story worthy of Dominick Dunne—both a sensational read and an important work of social history

Dead Lee s Guide to Haunted Chicago

Author: John Petz
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9780557722402
Release Date: 2010-10-13
Genre: Ghosts

This version of Haunted Chicago contains all of my previously released material as well as dozens of new stories. Each one has been lovingly rewritten and updated to contain tons of brand new material. Don't worry, this version still contains your favorite tale'¦Pop Rocks, Myths and Madmen'¦ you could say that with this version, I saved the best for last. This beast contains 88 stories, definitions'¦Dead Lee Style and weighs in at 421 pages. It has been years in the making and I hope you will like it.

The Good Atheist

Author: Dan Barker
Publisher: Ulysses Press
ISBN: 9781569758823
Release Date: 2010-07-01
Genre: Religion

How Does an Atheist Respond to the Question, What Is the Purpose of Life? For a Christian, it is faith that gives their life purpose. In his best-selling book The Purpose Driven™ Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren says, “You must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.” But as a non-believer, your purpose resides in yourself; it is yours alone to discover and develop. It’s about choosing to live your own life for your own reasons. No one can dictate your purpose. You decide. This book will help you understand and appreciate why freely choosing to help and cooperate with others is the true path to finding purpose. Life does not need purpose: Purpose needs life. To punctuate this point, The Good Atheist includes inspiring biographies of humanity’s true heroes—men and women who did not waste their lives as slaves to a God, but rather found purpose in enhancing life on this Earth for all of us.

Closing Arguments

Author: Clarence Darrow
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 9780821416327
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Literary Collections

Annotation Closing Arguments collects thoughts on spiritual, legal, and social issues by this Ohio native renowned for his central role in momentous trials.

Clarence Darrow

Author: Richard J. Jensen
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: STANFORD:36105001744247
Release Date: 1992-01-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Clarence Darrow, trial lawyer of the famous Scopes and Leopold/Loeb Trials, writer, debater, and lecturer who spoke for the have-nots while cultivating an image of mythic proportions, is the subject of this two-part study that first surveys Darrow's life and rhetoric and then provides authoritative texts of his important speeches along with a complete speech chronology. Jensen documents the creation and enlargement of Darrow's personal myth and provides intelligent analysis and criticism of the rhetoric.

Advocates and Activists 1919 1941

Author: David Garrett Izzo
Publisher:
ISBN: 0972228950
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

35 short-to-medium-length biographies of men and women--in politics, law, education, labor, the arts, etc.--whose work is seen to have advanced change in America the period between the World Wars.

How Now Shall We Live

Author: Charles Colson
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 1414322429
Release Date: 2011-07-14
Genre: Religion

2000 Gold Medallion Award winner! Christianity is more than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is also a worldview that not only answers life's basic questions—Where did we come from, and who are we? What has gone wrong with the world? What can we do to fix it?—but also shows us how we should live as a result of those answers. How Now Shall We Live? gives Christians the understanding, the confidence, and the tools to confront the world's bankrupt worldviews and to restore and redeem every aspect of contemporary culture: family, education, ethics, work, law, politics, science, art, music. This book will change every Christian who reads it. It will change the church in the new millennium.